A widow has been threatened by land developers Domingo and Fog, An Aarten Regard Drama from Director Ariel Escalante Meza. The Costa Rican film is a slow commentary on corruption with a touch of magical realism.
We first meet Domingo (Carlos Urena) while he is walking slowly down a hill next to his neighbor’s house. We follow her as we walk, and hear the woman conversing with a polite but steady man who knocked on her door. She refuses to let him enter the house; She offers to wait for her son to come home; She finally calms down and lets him go inside. Hearing them, Domingo paused for a moment and stopped thinking. These people are developers, and they use a lot of tactics to persuade locals to sell their homes to build a new highway – not all of them are legitimate. Domingo is one of the last remaining, and does not want to leave. But his choice can be risky.
One of the reasons Domingo’s stubbornness is emotional: this is the house he shares with his wife. He believes that he meets her regularly in the form of a fog. This fog apparently manifests itself to us and becomes a motif of the film, piercing the landscape of the green threat and revolving around him in his home, as he sleeps.
Sometimes it speaks, poetically, with a female voice. It is a quietly powerful experience that is both pure and slightly boring in the nature of the other world. There is an idea that rebellion against developers is happening both in this world and in another.
Its speed Domingo and Fog Sometimes it feels almost too leisurely, but it gives enough time for reflection and it looks fantastic – here the credit goes to the cinematographer Nicholas Wang Diaz.
Performances are subtle but powerful: Urena has a calm, humble demeanor because her character defends her house with her shotgun, wary of refusing to sign. The details of his daily life are simple but lively, from the time he walks to the evening to buy strong wine from a man in a hut.
It’s not a rosy life – his relationship with his adult daughter seems strained for one – but it’s Domingo’s life, and his right to hang on to it. It’s a message from this movie and it’s a message to repeat.