Directed by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll
Spanish, with English subtitles
Uruguay, 2004, 94 minutes
“A whimsical piece of deadpan drollery, Whisky plays like Aki Kaurismaki, South American style.” — Todd McCarthy, Variety
Set in Uruguay's gray and quiet port of Montevideo, Whisky presents a tale of self-realization and discovery. Jacobo (Andres Pazos) is the dull and gravely serious owner of a sock factory. Every day, he follows the same routine - he gets up, drives to the factory and meets his manager Marta (Mirella Pascual), a frumpy and quiet, middle-aged worker who is loyal to the factory and to her boss. The two exchange the usual courtesies and depart — only to return the next day to continue the monotony, never carrying their exchanges into anything personal. Until his younger brother, Herman, makes plans to visit and Jacobo asks Marta to be his wife...or rather, to pretend to be his wife so he can appear to be a family man.
About the Directors
Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll were born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and began working together while studying at La Universidad Católica del Uruguay. Their feature debut, 25 Watts (2001), won multiple awards, including the VPRO Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Whisky is their second feature, winning the Prix du Regard Original at the 2004 Festival de Cannes.
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