Vereda Tropical (Argentina. Brazil 2004)
Film about the writer Manuel Puig and the years he spent in Río de Janeiro.
One of the most fascinating Latin American authors of the past century is Manuel Puig (1932 - 1990) and VEREDA TROPICAL, much like another similar author Reinaldo Arenas' mini-biography 'Before Night Falls', shows at least the last few years of his colorful life in Rio de Janeiro before he moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico where he died from a heart attack after surgery at the too young age of 57. It is a period piece, meant to capture some of the fantastical world about which Puig successfully wrote, and while it is not of documentary accuracy, the film has a flavor that is irresistibly reminiscent of Latin American 'magical realism'.