Refugiado screens Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at A/perture, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. at A/perture and April 26 at 1 p.m. at UNCSA Babcock as part of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem.
by Sayaka Matsuoka
Refugiado isn’t your typical dramatic thriller. Although those expecting another loud, fast and action-packed drama may find the quietly suspenseful film a tad slow, Refugiado’s real triumph lies in the carefully crafted scenes revolving around the two protagonists — a mother and her son, on the run from their abusive husband and father respectively. The feature film balances stressful scenes of the two just barely escaping from the grasps of the aggressor with tender interactions between them as they protect and rely on each other. What the film lacks in dialogue, it makes up for by visually chronicling their ups and downs, many times focusing on the young boy’s own personal struggles. Refugiado is as emotional a journey for those watching it as it is for the triumphant duo, and doesn’t cease to engage throughout.
Refugiado, dir. Diego Lerman, 93 min., 2014