Part breathtaking road trip, part dirge, He Hated Pigeons hitches a ride in the red truck Elias (newcomer Pedro Fontaine) steals from his parents, traveling south along Chile’s Carretera Austral from the “hunger moon”-lit Atacama desert towards “the end of the earth.” It’s a trip Elias had planned to take with his Canadian boyfriend, Sebastien (played by Cristobal Tapia Montt in brief, expository flashbacks). That is, before a tragic and mysterious incident waylaid the plan, and their lives. With Sebastien dead, Elias drifts south through romantic landscapes that mirror the desert valleys and soaring mountaintops of his inner journey as he experiences the geography of loss. Making his way to a “freedom” he cannot yet fathom, stopping to guzzle wine along boardwalks and stray past houses swallowed by sand, Elias tries to purge his grief. Although he meets other travelers on journeys of their own, including a trusting (and adorable) stray dog and a Canadian hitchhiker (writer/director Ingrid Veninger herself), his is a mostly solitary expedition into, and hopefully through, the heart of pain. – Michael Belcher
Two men dance in an open field, jumping from reality to dream as each follows his own path.