Directed by Enrique Rivero
Cornerhouse, 20 March 2010
Nolberto Coria gives a commanding central performance in this deeply impressive film.
Coria plays Beto, a man now old who tends to the upkeep of a house that is on the market; he lives there alone as a caretaker. The house has remained unsold for quite a while and, truth to say, it has become a kind of prison.
Beto has his routines. He does his chores. In the afternoon he listens to the TV news, where he hears of kidnappings, murders, myriad atrocities. He sees a woman, name of Lupe (Nancy Orozco), regularly. Yet each time a prospective buyer visits the house, an anxiety plays inside him.
And then Beto hears that the house has finally been sold and he must leave his comfortable prison.
Enrique Rivero wrote the screenplay for Parque vía, as well as directing it, and as a study of institutionalisation the film is quite simply mesmerising. The viewer should be prepared for one brutal scene, all the more shocking considering the quiet that has preceded it.
And the very last scene is revelatory as to Beto’s predicament and all that has gone on before. He has become a man comfortable in his cage, one unfit for normal life, and his fears of the world have finally been quashed.