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  • Summary: On the desolated coast of Veracruz, 17 year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle’s small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastián and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. [Strand Releasing] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jul 10, 2014
    90
    Fernandez (“Used Parts”) has a masterful handle on narrative, structure and character, skillfully blending them all in a tale with atmosphere to spare.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 17, 2014
    90
    Like everything else about this lovely film, life, love and emotional growth are marked out in lush, languid, luminous terms.
  3. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Jul 8, 2014
    80
    Full of long takes and matter-of-fact performances, melancholy low-contrast cinematography and desolate vistas suffused with acute loneliness, The Empty Hours captures the feeling of idling away the time, waiting for something to arrive.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    Working with grace and patience, Mr. Fernández makes the mundane captivating.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 6, 2014
    75
    Aarón Fernández captures one of the most heartening elements of sex: that it doesn't always oblige our rules or expectations.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jul 11, 2014
    75
    The movie has a small story but a big theme; the theme being experience, and it conveys the emotions and moods of its characters by taking things nice and slow.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Jul 10, 2014
    70
    A slight anecdote expanded to slightly beyond its natural length, The Empty Hours is nevertheless time well spent.
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