Two Shots Fired
One early morning, at the beginning of a very hot summer, Mariano, a sixteen-year-old teenager, returns home, jumps into the pool and does some laps with a stopwatch. Then he gets out and mows the lawn, where he accidentally cuts the mower’s power cord when he runs over it. Set on fixing it, he goes to find tools but stumbles across a gun that he brings back to his room to shoot himself twice. But Mariano survives: one bullet just grazed his head and the other one, he believes, is stuck somewhere inside his body even if the doctors can’t find it anywhere, nor any exit wound for that matter. The only aftereffect he seems to have is a mysterious double-note when he plays music with his friends, which according to him is probably the result of the bullet still being inside him. But Mariano’s impulsive act will have other consequences on the people surrounding him…
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★★★½ review by preston on Letterboxd
Takes a while, but a shaggy dog finally appears in this shaggy-dog story (does the joke work in Spanish as well?). Vadim's assessment of Rejtman's work as "low-key comedy that initially seems inconsequential and lingers for months afterwards" sounds plausible, this one playing mostly like a (more) random Slacker without the organising principle of constantly moving to another character - sometimes it does, more often it drifts, albeit elegantly; halfway through it abruptly switches to a pair of minor characters on a beach holiday - yet something comes through very powerfully, a world defined by ambiguity (literally so in the ending, and the motivation behind the titular gunshots) and miscommunication. Rejtman's characters are moved by small pleasures, small annoyances - wanting real coffee as opposed to instant coffee, needing the bathroom when the bathroom is occupied - and forced to negotiate small mysteries like the boy's 'doubled' sound when he plays the flute, caused by the bullet lodged somewhere (but where?) in his body; the point is offscreen space, often visually but also thematically, the ever-changing world as a larger philosophical 'space' behind the small details. The form is frustrating, the humour playful, the worldview resigned. Simultaneously among the coolest films of 2014 and the kind of poncey, wilfully-withholding festival fodder that's turning erstwhile film buffs into Game of Thrones fans.
★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd
"Voor de liefhebber van droger dan droge en bij vlagen absurde humor in een tijdloze setting en personages die het ook allemaal niet zo goed weten, is ‘Dos Disparos’ een absolute aanrader. De kijker voor wie dit wat te veel gevraagd is, zal wellicht wat meer moeite hebben zijn aandacht bij de film te houden."
★★★½ review by Vadim Rizov on Letterboxd
"I wanted to interview Rejtman when he came to show Two Shots Fired at this year’s NYFF because, as much as I enjoy his films (quite a lot), I was hoping a conversation would clarify what he’s after. Since it’s not a good idea to ask “What exactly do you want from us?,” I stuck to specifics and hoped a larger picture would emerge. Though I’m not sure if Rejtman has an all-out Philosophy of Cinema he’s keeping to himself, I achieved a little clarity: he’s found a way to film scenes that interest him (he must, at least, find them funny), and connecting these disparate parts brings out all his ingenuity."
★★★½ review by boxcarwine on Letterboxd
An emotionally damaged La Ronde.
★★★★★ review by Miguel Ángel Fajardo on Letterboxd
Esta película marca la incapacidad de reconocernos entre personas, explora la idea de la falta de consideración entre seres que han perdido la esperanza y que viven en una rutina. Rejtman logra a partir de acciones y rutinas demostrar la fragilidad humana, la soledad que nos rodea y la inutilidad con la que concebimos el entorno. Sin duda la historia cuenta con elementos que personifican "el mal" en las personas. Los personajes están siempre respondiendo como máquinas, siempre manteniendo una postura y un rol. Dos disparos me recuerda mucho al escritor Juan Carlos Onetti, desde la función y fragilidad de los personajes en un mundo vacío. Gracias Rejtman.
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