Duck Season (Temporada De Patos)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Tom Reding

Plot: What’s it about?

It’s Sunday and you’re a kid, what do you do? Well, you get the biggest classes of coke you can find and play some video games all day. This is exactly what Flama and Moko had in mind when they woke up this morning. After grabbing their cokes and sitting down to play Halo all day, the doorbell rings, it’s their neighbor. It’s her birthday, yet her entire family forgot so she wants to use the oven to bake herself a cake. She promises it will only take 15 minutes, so the boys let her in and continue there game, that is until the power goes out. Stuck with nothing to do all day, the boys decide to order a pizza, but when the pizza man shows up 11 seconds late, they decide not to pay him. Apparently if the pizza isn’t delivered in less than 30 minutes it’s free, but the pizza man swears his watch says he was exactly on time and he refuses to leave without getting paid. The rest of the movie follows the 2 boys, birthday girl, and the pizza man, as they sit around the apartment trying to find something to do while the power is out. The fun really starts when the first two cakes are ruined and the birthday girl adds a special ingredient (marijuana) to the 3rd attempt, which has now turned to brownies. The group sits around the apartment, high, for the remainder of the day.

It may not sound like much goes on in this movie, and it doesn’t, but the little amount that does happen lends to a great story. Even though the movie is in Spanish with English subtitles, there isn’t a whole lot of dialogue to really pay attention to. The story is told more through the characters actions, than words, although the words do help. The movie won many honors in its native Mexico and at world festivals. It may just be me, but the film reminded me of Clerks in a way. Not just the black and white aspect, but the idea of characters just sitting around talking, trying to find something to do, cause lets be honest Dante and Randal really didn’t have much to do at work. Overall I thought the film told a very good story.

Video: How does it look?

The video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and black and white. The absence of color doesn’t effect the quality of the movie at all. At most points I completely forgot the movie wasn’t in color, except the parts about guessing the color of the inside of the candies. Overall the video was good quality, there was a little bit of noise throughout the film, but other than that it looked good.

Audio: How does it sound?

The only audio track offered on this DVD is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish mix. Everything is crystal clear, dialogue and sound effects all sound great. It would have been nice to have an English track as a bonus, but it probably would have taken away from the overall feel of the movie.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The only extra on this disc is the original theatrical trailer for the film.

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