Gigante

Gigante

DVD - 2009 | Spanish
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A shy and lonely 35 year old security guard at a supermarket works the night shift monitoring the surveillance cameras. One night he discovers a 25 year old cleaning woman through one of the cameras and is immediatly attracted to her.
Publisher: New York : Film Movement, [2009]
ISBN: 9781440777820
1440777829
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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EMP_0
Jun 16, 2015

This movie dragged and what I found was this man was voyeuristic in his behavior towards that woman. I thought he was a very strange person and didn't understand why he couldn't just introduce himself. I think he got his kicks by following her around and watching her; very weird.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

Biniez’s modest little film offers an endearing look at love and romance in the age of video surveillance. Gentle giant Jara, kind-hearted and terribly shy, works the graveyard shift at a large supermarket where he spends his nights halfheartedly monitoring the store’s many closed circuit security cameras and doing crossword puzzles. One evening he becomes smitten by a certain cleaning woman and begins zooming in on her; following her around electronically as she mops the floor each night and has the occasional run-in with her boss. Not content with admiring her through a B&W lens (he even falls asleep at home watching innocuous video loops of her) he begins following her after work; to the store, the gym, the internet cafe, the movie theatre, all the while trying to make himself into the man he thinks she might be interested in. After a few comic misadventures fate finally gives him the opportunity he’s been waiting for: a chance to actually talk to her. Despite the problematic premise there are no elements of the psychotic stalker in Jara’s character, nor is there any of the monomaniacal obsessiveness of 2006’s Red Road. Instead we are presented with a well-meaning, sweetly naive man who longs for a romantic connection but is not quite sure how to go about making that leap from televised image to real woman. His predicament subtly addresses the problems inherent in a world where the internet gives the illusion of physical intimacy; browsing photos and mpeg files is easy, actually meeting requires courage. But when Jara finally does meet the woman of his video dreams the camera discreetly pulls back; Biniez is not going to allow us to be privy to their first conversation, relegating us instead to the role of detached voyeurs once again. Beautiful in its simplicity.

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Julia_Goodman
Aug 18, 2014

Excellent acting, humour, down-to-earth setting, interesting story. Well worth while.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 17, 2014

This film from Latin America is slow - probably too slow for some. It does has its moments and the plot is credible. I would have enjoyed it more if the main character, a 'gentle giant', is more interesting. Subtitles.

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geomillar
Jan 06, 2013

Now, here is a love story that Hollywood couldn't do at all. Weird, in many ways, it turned out to be a great character study. Well worth watching.

theorbys Oct 04, 2012

A short film, and a tad slow here and there, but the film's genius is it's low key comedy that rarely reaches more than a chuckle but still manages to keep delivering. And while there may be something creepy or ominous in his stalking behavior, the filmmakers are careful to make sure we know this guy is also a victim of his own shyness and clumsiness. And Uruguay is not the US, it's not a land of stalkers, and serial killers. The film is is full of quirky innocence and humor not darkness.

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mjayh
Sep 26, 2012

The most interesting element of this film is the way "the big guy" pursues his love object. Is this stalking as one reviewer states? No actual harassment takes place, and he in no way interferes with Julia's life--even when she's out on a date with someone else. He keeps his distance, creating a sense of closeness by learning to appreciate the things she enjoys. He fills his days working, being helpful to his family, and eating, and only uses his physical strength when dealing with those who are, one way or another, brutes. Yet there is something unsettling about his persistence, and I assume this is what we're meant to wrestle with. So much depends on what's in the big guy's heart.

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paulkarlson
Feb 29, 2012

5 of 5 stars. A "gigantic" young store security guard, surveilling godlike from above; a petite, cute cleaning lady. He fears, like Edward Scissorhands or Frankenstien, that touch can break.

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Michael
Apr 23, 2011

Ha - "A shy and lonely 35 year old security guard" - my eye! In polite North American society we'd call what this guy is doing: Stalking! I mean - there is no other word for it! He visually monitors the girl at work thru' the company's surveillance cameras. He follows her after work on public transit to where she shops - where she goes for recreation - like the movies. He even follows her home - so now he knows where she lives. Finally - he breaks into his company's personnel records and steals all her personal information - including her picture! So why are we to intimate from this director's slant on his terribly stilted film that, in Uruguayian society, this kind of behaviour is acceptable? The impression is unmistakably left that this is the not-so-tender beginnings of a tender love story. Although we'll never know, because the movie ends before we get to any tenderness between this creepy guy and his prey. But given the rampage he goes on when he learns the object of his desire has been fired from work, plus a few other incidents of violence he partakes in throughout the film (He moonlights as a rough 'n tough bouncer, for gawd's sake!) - that should be foreshadowing enough of what he's capable of if something/someone should piss him off. Tell Shania Twain that this kind of thing is nonthreatening... or anyone else who has a real life - and finds it frighteningly or eerily interrupted by a creepy intruder. How we get to tender love is just as important as finding it... at least to this reviewer, anyway.

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BertBailey
Mar 20, 2011

A nicely unusual, low-budget Uruguayan film -- well worth catching, I thought, even if the pace is a mite slower than one's used to (very aptly so, mind you).
But if you borrow this DVD, you mustn't fail to watch a Danish short (16 mins) called 'Dennis' that's included with it. It's sort of the same plot with a different ending. It's a real gem, despite its brevity and even if it contains all of something like just 27 lines of dialogue.

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