Artificial Paradises

The emergence of yet another talented young Mexican filmmaker, Yulene Olaizola’s first feature Artificial Paradises sketches a platonic triangle between an old man (Salomón Hernández), a young woman (Luisa Pardo), and the vices that help them cope with their lives. While ostensibly telling a story of addiction—weather-beaten laborer Salomón is a hash smoker who tries to help beautiful Luisa score and later kick smack—Olaizola has no judgments to offer or invite, privileging presence over consequence, tactility over action. She shoots her actors with the same fascination as she does the lush Gulf Coastal landscape, and gives it all time and space to breathe. ERIC HYNES

Wed., June 8, 9:30 p.m.; Thu., June 9, 4:30 p.m., 2011

 
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