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With: Daniel Miranda, Diego Cata–o, Danny Perea, Enrique Arreola
Written by: Fernando Eimbcke, Paula Markovitch
Directed by: Fernando Eimbcke
MPAA Rating: R for language and some drug content
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 88
Date: 03/10/2006

Duck Season (2004)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

The Long, Long Sunday

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Fernando Eimbcke's Duck Season is the perfect "little movie," clocking in at less than 90 minutes, featuring four characters, mainly in one setting, with not much really happening. Fourteen year-olds Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (Diego Cata–o) are best friends, left alone on a Sunday with nothing to do but drink giant classes of Coke and play XBox ("Bush vs. Bin Laden"). Unfortunately, the power goes out. Fortunately, two more misfits arrive.

The pretty, 16 year-old neighbor Rita (Danny Perea) drops by to use the oven to make herself a birthday cake. And pizza delivery man Ulises (Enrique Arreola) stays after arriving 11 seconds late for the guaranteed half-hour delivery time. Throw in some pot brownies and you have a perfect, lazy, meandering afternoon, shot in black-and-white to mute things even further. Nothing major happens, but the way the minor things happen is endlessly amusing.

Duck Season was released in the United States in 2006, during what would become a kind of Mexican New Wave; director Alfonso Cuaron served as producer, while his own Children of Men was released later in the year. Eimbcke followed his film with the equally deadpan, amusing Lake Tahoe.

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