Argentinian Drama Returns to ADFF with The Reconstruction
Best Actor/Narrative Film Competition- Juan Taratuto directs The Reconstruction, the poignant story of Eduardo a lonely, antisocial man working in an oil field in a remote area of Argentina who is completely work-focused and is almost always rude to all the people around him. We see Eduardo leaving the cold and icy town where he works to take his vacation in the town of Ushuaia where he has a friend named Mario who lives with his family. However, Mario has been keeping a secret: He is ill. Eventually the worst happens, and Mario passes away leaving behind a grief-stricken wife and two shocked daughters who are devastated by the news. Eduardo is supposed to return back to his job, but he decides to stay, bonding with Mario’s wife and daughters. He teaches Ana how to drive and helps Cata with her studies.
Seeing Mario’s wife grieving, Eduardo eventually opens up, and we learn that he has lost his wife to illness and has not been able to get over it, even refusing to attend her funeral and losing touch with his son Gastón who lives in Buenos Aires.
The Reconstruction, teaches us not to judge rough exteriors. It reminds us that every person has a story to tell if they are given a chance. It’s a touching and moving tale of two people that find refuge in each other, even if it’s for a short time, as they grieve the loss of loved one.