2017 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival: I Dream in Another Language

2017 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival: I Dream in Another Language

By Livia Peterson

Language is vital to communication, regardless of the circumstances. English may be the universal business language and yet, it is important to keep obsolete languages alive, even with a few native speakers. The linguist Martín (Fernando Álvarez Rebeil) must reunite the disconnected friends Isauro (José Manuel Poncelis) and Evaristo (Eligio Meléndez) to be able to rescue the extinct language Zikril. The men didn’t speak to each other in fifty years following a dispute and Lluvia (Fátima Molina) intervenes if necessary. “I Dream in Another Language” (“Sueño en otro idioma” in Spanish) is anchored by remarkable breakthrough performances and the provocative yet enchanting slice of life screenplay. Despite Isauro and Evaristo are initially unlikeable characters, one may eventually understand their emotions as the film progresses. The romance subplot is imperative to the narrative and yet, appears to remain as an afterthought throughout. Language is such crucial component in our lives and accordingly, one may desire to understand the Zikril language origins. The origins of language are completely unexamined and leave some unresolved questions. Nonetheless, I could not help but to imagine “I Dream in Another Language” would’ve fit perfectly in the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Cine Sin Fronteras programming. B

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