Jorge (Jorge Jellinek) still lives with his parents at the age of 45. He has been the film programmer and technical support at the cinematheque for 25 yea5. He also has a news show at a Montevideo radio station where he conducts interviews and talks about movies with filmmakers. Jorge's life is consumed by movies. Because attendance is down, the cinematheque smuggles to make a profit and shuts down, leaving Jorge unemployed. With no other skill, for the first time he is forced to change his way of life in order to adapt to the new world he faces. In the end, maybe (he movies will help him survive.
Jorge Jellinek, Manuel Martinez Carril, Paola Venditto
Possibly the dullest film ever?
- A Useful Life review by RD
It's in black & white, with 4:3 aspect ratio and consists of a sort of fly-on-the-wall documentary following a quiet man around all day. Nothing much occurs, he does a radio interview which goes badly as the interviewee drones on for ages, he sits in on a meeting, he has a haircut and that's about it. Tremendously dull, but so dull we had to watch the whole film just to see if anything develops. It doesn't.
About halfway through there is a song about horses with hilarious words that makes Father Ted's Eurovision entry "My Beautiful Horse" look like a masterpiece. Just reading the words from the subtitles lifts you out of the dullness for a minute or two, then it's back to dullness. At least if you watch paint dry there's a chance it's in colour!