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Parque Via opens with a close-up of a spider whose fleeting existence is dramatically snuffed out by a descending sneaker. The life of the shoe’s owner is just the opposite: long, monotonous, and devoid of surprise. Not that Beto (Nolberto Coria, on whose life, we’re told, the story is based) for a second desires an interruption of his comfortable routine, which consists mainly of watching morbid news programming on TV. His occupation as a housekeeper runs at cross-purposes: He spends his working hours tidying up the house that’s come to define him so that its owner, the venerable “señora” (Tesalia Huerta), can sell it away. We’re treated to precious few lines of dialogue in the film; most of its 86 minutes are consumed by Beto’s everyday activities, occasionally punctuated by a jarring foray beyond his familiar walls or a visit from his sole companion, the prostitute Lupe (Nancy Orozco). Beto’s dreary life benefits from a well-crafted narrative: repetitive but not tedious, bleak but not depressing, and always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Also at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. Both showings at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.