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Las cosas de la vida son así y no le des más vueltas a la bicicleta

Raúl Cuevas


Stolen testimonials in the park. Raul Cuevas captures the elderlies voices, man and woman sitting on the bench, the ladies on the stroll, about death, disease, war, family, funny stories of what they will eat, even their pauses. The author frames, observe and let them talk until they return home.

Apart from their stirring lives, retirees gather in the park of Bellvitge (a neighborhood on the outskirts of Barcelona) choose their bench and talk for talking. "These are hours where children are in school and parents working outside the neighborhood.» A routine that is repeated day after day, a way to socialize and hang out. In conversations they mix the events of the day, health, memories and some other sentence. Raul Cuevas patiently hear them from his camera with which he records keeping distance, letting them speak and without intruding on the events or conversations. A calm, many hours and great patience work, that solves briefly by choosing the most revealing moments of his routines for final cut. Patient spectator of the story, collecting testimonies that subtly, and between the lines, traces the course of their lives. People with long lived lives (war is recalled), and found themselves out of time (in conversation expressed normally of yearning death to rest definitively) but in everyday life happen to be a persistent vitalists moving forward as they can despite their health difficulties. The crutch, or cachaca, undissociated from themselves to quietly give support to return home, keeping the following chapters of their vital microstories for days ahead, to enhance the routine and to meet again, to talk.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Las cosas de la vida son así y no le des más vueltas a la bicicleta
  • Direction: Raúl Cuevas
  • Production: Raúl Cuevas. 2004.
  • Duration: 00:05:32
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: DV-Cam
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright