The Delights

Dir. Eduardo Crespo, 2021, 65 min


Big Ragtag Thu, Mar 3 10:15 PM
Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Sat, Mar 5 5:00 PM
Rhynsburger Theatre Sun, Mar 6 9:30 AM
Film Info
Original Language:Spanish


If you need a respite from heavy cinema, step into this gentle observational portrait of a contemporary campground where the bunk beds still have age- old initials carved into their wood and the day’s biggest dramas are a bruised knee or a missing phone. At Las Delicias, an agriculture-based boarding school in rural Argentina, children learn to grow, harvest, and sell produce like turnips, arugula, and various fruits. They’re also given an abundance of something the modern world too rarely supplies: free time. Time to wander, play, read, and think. In an environment free of parents, with adults present as moral compasses and sources of information more than stern authority figures, kids learn and grow by doing—Eduardo Crespo’s beautiful documentary captures the feeling of childhood fading into adolescence and young adulthood in a way few films have. (EAH)