The Militant

  • 120'
  • Uruguay
  • 2013
In 2002, Uruguay is gripped by a financial and political crisis that divides and paralyzes the country. Ariel, a slow-speaking young man with a slight disability, is a member of the students' union and becomes involved in strikes. When Ariel's father dies, he returns to his father's home.
The mortgage on the house is a millstone round Ariel's neck, as are the debts his father has run up, partly to pay for Ariel's education. A dubious business contact and his father's girlfriend - who is increasingly making herself at home there - force Ariel to take care of his father's land and livestock. This makes him a reluctant member of the bourgeoisie he so detests.
Ariel's lethargy and frustration represent a whole generation - perhaps even the whole country. With searching, at times dreamy images, Director Nieto (who won a Tiger Award in 2006 for The Dog Pound) effectively shows how a potentially rich inheritance can be frittered away.
Director
Manolo Nieto
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
Uruguay, Argentina
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Original title
El lugar del hijo
Language
Spanish
Producers
Lisandro Alonso, Manolo Nieto
Production Companies
4L, Roken Films
Sales
FiGa Films
Screenplay
Manolo Nieto
Cinematography
Arauco Hernandez Holz
Editor
Pablo Riera, Martín Mainoli
Production Design
Nohemi González, Alejandro Castiglioni
Sound Design
Catriel Vildosola, Santiago Fumagalli
Music
Genuflexos
Cast
Felipe Dieste, Alejandro Urdapilleta