Cine Las Americas 2012 Review: GORDO, CALVO, y BAJITO (The Fat, Bald, Short Man)

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

This has to be my favorite film of this year’s Cine Las Americas festival.  Co-written by Carlos Osuna and Juan Mauricio Ruiz and directed by Osuna, this slightly rough looking animated movie has one beautifully written story.  Perhaps Osuna intended that as part of the theme that one cannot judge simply on appearances alone and that beauty radiates from within.  The timid and reserved Antonio Farfan (Alvaro Bayona) has always kept to himself and has avoided making waves at his dull job at the notary office.  Because of his looks, he has always lacked confidence and has sadly been ridiculed and bullied throughout his life.  His lack of confidence has not been helpful in maintaining relationships with the opposite sex either.  When he is coerced into joining a support group for shy people, his life begins to change for the better. 

This excellent film from Colombia really captured my heart this year at CLA.  I had no clue that I would love this movie as much as I do.  The script by Osuna and Ruiz is poignant, delightful, and sublime.  I particularly enjoyed Osuna and his artists’ work in combining animation with real settings and backgrounds.  I also adored the original music by Leonardo Bohorquez and Alejandro Quintero.  The score is lovely, slightly quirky, and understated, which suits the Farfan character perfectly.  At this time, I consider this one of the best films of this year.


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