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  • 3.9
Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki seem to haunt this deadpan comedy from Uruguay about an over-sixty "love" triangle between a grumpy sock factory owner, his faithful assistant and his excessively cheerful, far more successful brother. Realizing he should at least pretend to have a life beyond the factory, the taciturn Jacobo enlists his coworker Marta to play his wife when his rival sock-making brother Herman arrives from Brazil (their gifts for each other: pairs of socks). Such a simple deceit turns complicated when Marta and Herman bond and more-so when the cumbersome threesome takes a comically uncomfortable trip to a seaside resort. Directors Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll (whose 25 WATTS heralded a Uruguayan renaissance) have a keen sense for the awkwardness of human communication, and for cinema's ability to capture it. No constant chatter here; wordless moments, weathered face and excellent comic pacing convey the humor of three disparate souls forced together but still apart. - Jason Sanders
WHISKY is an inspired and beautifully assured tragicomedy about Jacobo, a sixty-year-old owner of a small, outdated sock factory, is illuminated with deadpan, repetitive and monotonous detail. When his successful younger brother is expected for a visit, Jacobo asks Marta, his humble, loyal assistant, to pose as his wife. The brother, lively, inquisitive and open, spontaneously suggests a seaside trip during which the three characters begin to reveal themselves in situations where farce, jealousy and betrayal lead to places of no return. Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll have created a sophisticated, quiet film that tells a story through understatement and modest gestures.

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Winner of "Best Spanish Language Foreign Film" at the 2005 Goya Awards.

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Solid and substantive in every way imaginable and yet not something I would ever be eager to watch again. Just decent.

Slow starting and never running much faster later, but quietly getting deeper: a nice, modest, drama of the human comedy.

Lovely quiet underplayed observations on the life of an owner and worker at a sock factory who fake being married for one weekend....after that there is nothing left for them to say?