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Online Premiere: Dulce Dolor (The Sweetest Blow)

Crossing the ambiguity of happiness and desire, a human Piñata discovers what is her true nature.

10 – 15 | 2014 | Drama | Live-Action | Mexico | Pain & Pleasure

 Stories are often born from a single visual epiphany, a suspended moment of astonishment where you can catch the sense of something (or someone), and a director must have the skill to maintain the original intensity in an attempt to develop a plot that solves the “theme” evoked by that random yet powerful image.

And this is perhaps what happened to the young Mexican director Moisés Aisemberg, or at least, we like to think so: he imagined a human Piñata coming to life while being violently beaten with a stick, during a little girl’s birthday party. He imagined the Piñata running away, with her scared eyes, and her belly full of candies. Where to? And here is the is the real “found” of Dulce Dolor (The Sweetest Blow) which develops with great intelligence this prelude, leading us to a supposable yet surprising final.

Wound and abandoned, the Piñata runs away – with a beautiful slow motion that allows us to identify with her physicality – and manages to find love in a garbage collector that saves her from the dumpster she ended up in. He takes her home, cures and feeds her. He is made of flesh, she is made of tiny colorful sheets. The two fall in love. And yet, as the relationship with her savior becomes more intimate, the Piñata clashes with the ambiguous nature of desire.

Recently presented at the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, and available in exclusive for a 7 days (until April 5t) on Good Short Films, Dulce Dolor narrates the struggle one must take to reach its own nature, its own freedom, its own obscure object of desire: “a sweetest blow”? The oddity of her body is undeniably the magnetic element of the whole film, also because the absurd that she embodies merges candidly with his psychological reality that instead is authentic, in a world where no one is surprised of her abormality fault, immersing ourselves in the typical atmospheres of “magical realism”. Furthermore, the fact that this is a a silent film, amplifies the emotions, forcing us to go under the “skin” of the Piñata to imagine her organs anf functioons, grasp her intentions, her heart. What does she eat? What does she think? What does this big paper doll feel?

Dulce Dolor is a fairy tale that expresses in metaphorical form a simple but essential concept: the need to be honest with oneself. And that’s because, as suggested by Aisemberg himself: “It doesn’t matter how hard we try to suppress our instincts and our true self, it will always surface in our infinite quest for happiness, desire and pleasure. Even when the fulfilment of our deepest desires involve our self-destruction.”

The Piñata is interpreted and literally “brought to life” by young Mexican actress Tessa Ia, who manages to give her the right emotions? Even through the sole motion of her languish eyes and clumsy movements. The garbage collector is Harold Torres, actor known in Mexican circles, who has starred in over 20 feature films receiving several prices. Apart from being a promising director, Moisés Aisemberg, is also the mastermind behind the viral success of ColibritanyChip Torres and Fer y Santi (about 50 million views altogheter) produced by his company La Grand Royal, specialized in innovative web content, with Mexican film producer and director Juan Sarquis, cofounder of Filmaciones De La Ciudad.

Read the interview with Moisés, here.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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