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On Each Side
On Each Side
Actors: Luis Machín, Héctor Bidonde, Mónica Galán
Director: Hugo Grosso
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 35min

{Winner! Festival del Cine Pobre, Gibara, Cuba} — Evocative and deeply lyrical, ON EACH SIDE traces the lives of several characters as a bridge is built over the Paraná River in Argentina. As the bridge take shape, carefree...  more »


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Actors: Luis Machín, Héctor Bidonde, Mónica Galán
Director: Hugo Grosso
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/20/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Coming Together
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""On Each Side"

Coming Together

Amos Lassen

In Argentina the building of the Rosario-Victoria Bridge over the Parana River brought together two provinces and two cities and this is the basis for Hugo Grosso's film, his first which is not a documentary. It is a collected of free-form episodes that move with the pace of a river flowing. We meet an old man (Hector Bidonde) whose home is destroyed by bulldozers and two middle-aged sisters (Monica Alfonso and Monica Galan) who despite their seemingly constant squabbling realize a sexual rebirth when a new lodger comes to stay (a German engineer played by Julian Knab) who is having an affair with a transvestite (Juan Pablo Geretto). Then there are two kids (David Olmos and Emanuel Rojas) who run away on an adventure and also a thief, Jaibo (Miguel Bosco) and his cover (Milagros Alarcon) give us a back story. There are also a collection of some very strange fisher people who all have small parts in the larger story.
Abel (Miguel Franchi) is a photographer who has been hired to make a documentary about the building of the bridge and he is, in effect, the hero of the film. He is the narrator who lets us know what is going on. The film turns out to be a study of time and place as Abel self-reflects and brings together all of the stories as well as causing him to face his own past.
This is quite a step forward for Argentinean film and the farce is sophisticated and a great deal of fun.