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Nicolás Pereda's tonally precise and emotionally nuanced second feature evokes the claustrophobic yet magical world of Tsai Ming-liang as it chronicles the disintegrating relationship of a feuding couple confined to a cramped Mexico City apartment.
Perhaps Pereda's least-seen work, Juntos is also his most tonally precise. Gabino (Gabino Rodríguez) shares an apartment in Mexico City with his girlfriend Luisa (Luisa Pardo) and his freeloading friend Paco (Francisco Barreiro). As Gabino mourns the loss of his dog Junto, both his apartment and his relationship with Luisa gradually deteriorate. Confined for much of its running time to a cramped apartment set that echoes the claustrophobic interiors of the films of Tsai Ming-liang (complete with deadpan humour and incessant plumbing problems), Juntos expertly uses its static compositions to emphasize the increasing tension between Gabino and Luisa, which culminates in a masterfully acted fight over the dinner table. However, a late-breaking trip to the country opens up a new metaphysical universe for the feuding characters. "Among Pereda's most abstract and emotionally nuanced films, [Juntos] ends in a rhapsodic extended scene that pulls the film deep into a verdant wilderness and towards unknown mysteries" (Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive).