Historias extraordinarias 1-3 (Extraordinary Stories)
D: Mariano Llinás, ARG 2008, 245 min, English subtitles
With two intermissions
Extraordinary stories in three story lines: X witnesses a murder, H is sent on an odyssey downriver and Z discovers the mysterious past of his predecessor in the job. There’s a love triangle, a dying lion. The viewer becomes a detective; follows narrative trails, sits in the road movie/thriller/adventure film.
Llínas's universally acclaimed, more than four-hour epic expertly challenges conventional cinematic narratives and folds his stories into a fascinating new cinematographic structure. Throughout, his passion for the literary narratives of Borges, Stevenson and Pynchon is evident.
“The film that brought enthusiasm for narrative back to Argentinian cinema.” Alan Pauls