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Truman - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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SIFF's capsule summary: "A wise and tender ode to friendship of man and dog, two middle-aged men reunite in Madrid and spend four days taking unexpected detours, reflecting on loves, losses, triumphs, and regrets. Winner of five Goya Awards including Best Picture." (Spain, 2015, 108 minutes, Cesc Gay)
SIFF link: Truman

For a film made in Spain and Argentina, it had an odd start: people speaking English somewhere in North America (later identified as Canada). But soon Tomas (Javier Cámara) heads to the airport and flies to Spain to visit his dear friend Julian (Ricardo Darín), the dog Truman, and their common friend Paula (Dolores Fonzi). Why the sudden trip? Tomas has health problems, and wants to see his friend in case he doesn't make it.

8 Very Good The film was directed by Cesc Gay and written by Tomàs Aragay and the director. The pacing is solid and there's plenty of comedy, without slighting the drama. But it's the acting that really makes the film a winner; everyone is excellent.

Overall, I rate the film very good.

Languages: Spanish, with English subtitles, and some English.

Rating: I don't think this film has a US rating (yet), but I'd guess it would rate a "R", because the MPAA is prudish about even mild nudity and sex.

Screening: 2 pm, Pacific Place (room 11).
Audience: a typical SIFF press screening crowd, I'd guess fewer than 100, in about 400 seats.

Snacks: tea from home.

Ads: none at press screenings; SIFF volunteers provide announcements.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 3 films (all features), 3 time slots, no parties. ("J": same.)

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