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Friday, January 26, 2007

Say Whisky

posted by on January 26 at 10:25 AM

As I was writing my review of the irritating Argentinian film Family Law, about fatherhood and Jewish identity in South America, I was reminded of another, better movie about South American Jews. Whisky, which was part of the Global Lens series and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival but never received a proper theatrical run, is an amazing, melancholic film about fraternal competition, national pride, and a decrepit Uruguayan sock factory. My reviews appeared here and here. Whisky is available on DVD now, and Scarecrow has a copy.

The movie was sad enough already (and also quite funny), but as I found out, co-writer/director Juan Pablo Rebella shot himself in the head this past July. I’d somehow missed the news.

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According to this obituary in the Guardian, Rebella’s body was discovered by his girlfriend and his writing-directing partner Pablo Stoll. They’d been working on a new film.

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