El día trajo la oscuridad
starring Pablo Caramelo, Marta Lubos, Romina Paula, Mora Recalde
screenplay by Josefina Trotta
directed by Martin De Salvo
by Walter Chaw A girl closes a gate, one of those rural gates that spans an entire driveway entrance, and director Martin de Salvo shoots it with a camera mounted on the end of the gate itself. It's innovative and intimate, and there's something adoring in it, so we adore her. She's Virginia (Mora Recalde), a caretaker of her father, a doctor, at a house in the middle of nowhere. One night, he carries in her cousin, Anabel (Romina Paula), mumbles that she's ill, and takes her up to a bedroom, closing the door. Darkness by Day, de Salvo's second feature, is beautiful, unfolding in long, contemplative wide shots that in their composition and subject remind a great deal of Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive. It resembles that film, too, in the way it moves like a nightmare--the kind where nothing's wrong, except everything feels bad. Virginia begins to sleep a lot. Her cousin wakes up and they spend time together talking, listening to old records, drinking wine. There's a story between them told only through glances that linger maybe a beat too long and a dance that seems fuelled less by wine than by nostalgia. And nobody seems to be answering the telephone at Anabel's family home anymore.