VIFF 2019: Joel


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      A childless couple in remote southern Argentina wanted to adopt a baby, but they end up fostering a shy nine-year-old who's been abandoned by his parents and the system—which does nothing to prepare these goodhearted people for what will happen. Writer-director Carlos Sorín takes an antidramatic approach to family crisis—most of the conflicts happen off-screen—and he remains resolutely sympathetic to everyone trying to cope.

      This makes for a somewhat unresolved story, but that's probably about right. And the actors are subtly superb.