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Jacobo, the lonely owner of a small, dilapidated sock factory is faced with the prospect of a weekend visit from Herman, his more successful brother (who also makes socks) from Brazil. He asks his most loyal employee, Marta, to pretend to be his wife for the weekend, to fool his brother into thinking that he is not as lonely as he really his.
To be honest, on the surface, not much really happens in this film, which is actually a good thing. For it allows us to linger on the minutiae of stilted conversations, deadpan expressions and the general awkwardness that the trio have to endure, and which provided me with so much laughter.
However, underneath the surface, there is a lot more happening, as Marta awakens to the reality that life does not have to be so dull and constricting. Indeed, the abrupt ending leaves the audience with the question mark of really how much Marta has been affected by a few days in the presence of Jacobo’s more outgoing brother.
The three main characters will remind people of many mums and dads, aunts and uncles, work colleagues etc. for whom middle age has become a crushing, flat line endurance test, rather the “Second Youth” so often portrayed in the media. Whisky recognises this and deserves to be applauded for taking the risk that audiences will find middle-aged banality so upliftingly funny.