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also known as Half of Oscar

La mitad de Oscar2011

  • 3.1
Óscar, 30, is a security guard at some semi-abandoned salt pans. He lives alone. His life consists of going to work every day, putting on his uniform, strapping on his gun and sitting there, looking at what remains of the mounds of salt. One day, his routine falls apart. Óscar arrives at the retirement home to see his only relative, his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease but finds he's been taken to hospital. The director says she told his sister... Óscar is shocked: he hasn't heard from her in two years and had no idea they had her phone number at the retirement home. Two days later, Maria turns up in Almería. She is with her boyfriend Jean, a French man Óscar has never heard of. The relationship between Óscar and Maria seems tense. Something happened in the past that has left its mark. Maria wants to move on but Óscar refuses.

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The sensual airy scenery and space, colors often muted, views sometimes shadowed or distilled and blurred, the story tempo is tenderly well paced. In a surprise reunion we see the main character's delicate state of heart and mind unfold and unravel and drift off in a flowing wave.