7 boxes (7 cajas)

Paraguayan films are a rare thing. In my research only a handful were mentioned. 7 boxes is one of them. The movie is about Victor, a teenager making a living carrying goods with his cart in the capital of Paraguay Asunción’s marketplace. We first glimpse Victor watching a TV in a window display. He sees himself as the hero on the screen kissing the girl and winking at the camera. When his sister has a cell phone with video options to sell he becomes determined to make more money to buy it. Then a local butcher/gangster offers him 100 dollars to transport seven wooden boxes across the market. Another delivery man Nelson learns about the deal but thinks there is money is the boxes. With the help of his best friend Liz, Victor has to run away from Nelson while avoiding the police. But what is in those boxes? Meanwhile Victor’s sister has problems of her own. 7 boxes reminds me of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva but more accessible. Here the film is darker and peopled with seedier characters. Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori’s debut feature film is impressive in the technical aspects and the complexities of the story. The fast pace is effectively scored by Fran Villalba. Fresh face actor Celso Franco is more than good looks. He gives the movie its likeability and its believability. This is just a fun well made film.

Rémi-Serge Gratton


7 boxes (7 cajas)

Directed by: 
Juan Carlos Maneglia
Tana Schémbori
Screenplay by: 
Timo Chamorro
Juan Carlos Maneglia
Tana Schémbori
Celso Franco
Lali Gonzalez
Victor Sosa
Nico García
100 min.

Rated 14

In Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles.

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