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17 Ratings

Tales of Two Who Dreamt

Canada, Mexico, 2016


Set in a housing block in Toronto and pivots on representation and self-representation. Here, a Roma family rehearses the stories of their past for the upcoming hearing on their residency status.

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Tales of Two Who Dreamt Directed by Nicolás Pereda, Andrea Bussmann

Critics reviews

Little by little, the film absorbs its provisional trappings, blossoming into a fable of existential ennui and alienation that turns quotidian existence into something stranger than any fiction.
December 20, 2016
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For those familiar with the work of Nicolàs Pereda (Minotaur, Summer of Goliath) or Andrea Bussmann (He Whose Face Gives No Light), the territory of their collaborative feature Tales of Two Who Dreamt may seem familiar: It’s that space between documentary and fiction, with a game-like playfulness and contemplative pace. But the directors’ willingness to surrender the filmmaking process to their subjects gives the film a spontaneity and idiosyncrasy all its own.
December 14, 2016
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The film is at times engaging and at other times somewhat boring. To an extent, this is fitting given that the process of awaiting government hearings and decisions on such matters can be as tedious as it is tense… But Bussmann and Pereda’s experimental whims threaten to obscure this topical immediacy. These ‘meta’ aspects of the film don’t really come together, though the enigmatic video coda stuck with me.
October 07, 2016
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