JG:Never judge a book by its cover or a DVD by the film's title.
When I picked it up at my great local library, I tought it was an irreverent film about organized religion. I was wrong. It is a film about hope on the planet Earth. It is a sad film with a big message.
Directed by César Charlone and Enrigue Fernández
It's 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II, 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals beieve that selling food and drink to the multitude will make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks that he has the best idea of all – to build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise every one.
Uruguay/France/Brazil. In Spanish and English Subtitles. 97 Minutes.
International Jury Prize
São Paulo International Film Festival
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Ed Gonzalez, The Village Voice
“Fernández and Charlone have acchieved something of their own... With such visual and drmatic intensity”