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Berlin Review: Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine Opens a Portal of Loneliness

Berlin Review: Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine Opens a Portal of Loneliness

A cruise ship off the coast of Patagonia becomes a portal into the lives of others in Uruguayan director Alex Piperno’s stubbornly esoteric debut Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine. Marrying a lo-fi aesthetic with heady sci-fi concepts is nothing new within the world of independent film, yet Piperno appears more interested in tracking the loneliness of his characters, foregrounding isolation over plot machinations. Window Boy does little to differentiate its characters, having them, and the film as a whole, remain enigmas.

Mainly taking place on a cruise ship, the film follows Daniel Qulroga’s unnamed sailor, who is about to be fired from his job for constantly disappearing. The reason for these disappearances quickly becomes clear, as the sailor has discovered that a doorway on the ship, in fact, leads to a women’s (Inés Bortagaray) apartment in Montevideo. Separately, in the Filipino jungle, a

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