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From Uruguay: Bad Day to Go Fishing, a comedy/drama about—- wrestling!!

Posted on: November 14, 2011

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s comedy/drama “Bad Day to Go Fishing” from Uruguay and Spain in Spanish and English with English subtitles. 107 minutes. At 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday, November 17. Call 837-2417.

The comedy/drama was made by Álvaro Brechner, a filmmaker from Uruguay who learned great filmmaking in Spain.

Film Critic Jordan Mintzer in Variety says “Álvaro Brechner’s ambitious debut is something like a retro The Wrestler by way of the Coen brothers.” 

Film Movement’s synopsis:  “Jacob van Oppen – formerly “the strongest man on earth,” now a washed-up alcoholic – and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he’d hoped for.”

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