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  • Summary: Tucked away in one of the Lima’s modest flats lives Clemente, a small time loan shark with a penchant for reckless hookers, grave solitude, money lending and nothing else. Stuck in a shallow routine, Clemente lacks any real emotional connection to anyone. People, in turn, refer to him not by name, but as “the pawnbroker’s son.” Whether it’s a slippery counterfeiter, an amiable thief or a desperate neighbor, Clemente is sensitive only to what their business might bring him. Returning home one day, Clemente quickly realizes that an intruder had visited his home—not to steal from him, but instead to leave him with a little gift. Tucked in a small basket sitting on his bed Clemente finds a newborn baby, the product of one of his frequent liaisons with prostitutes. (New Yorker Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 5, 2011
    90
    With a visual style and a deadpan humor that owes an obvious debt to the Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki ("Drifting Clouds"), they hold their shots long enough for you to scan details, look deep into faces and think on how little (or much) it takes to be happy. Here a painted Jesus hovers on a chipped wall, but it's an unholy family of three that finds heaven on earth.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 6, 2011
    75
    Octubre has the feel of something Jim Jarmusch might have made in his early years -- lots of dark humor that you'll think of in the middle of the night, and laugh about.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Octubre is a quick, quiet movie that distills Lima, Peru, to a downtrodden version of its more dynamic current self.
  4. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    May 4, 2011
    70
    There's a message here regarding loneliness and emotional isolation, but the movie's real miracle is that, however precious its premise, this slow-burning not-quite heart-warmer-never succumbs to cuteness.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 6, 2011
    65
    Somber and insubstantial, October nevertheless suggests that the Vega brothers are developing a careful, painterly style. Whether they will be able to match it with narrative depth remains to be seen.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 4, 2011
    40
    Though it holds your attention all the way through to an enigmatic, spiritually tinged climax, the movie leaves you wanting more than the Vega Vidals' secondhand artistry is able to provide.
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