Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 11th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 2006
Director: Federico Hidalgo
Writers: Federico Hidalgo, Paulina Robles
Cast: Vanessa Bauche, Jesse Aaron Dwyre, Conrad Pla
DVD released: March 11th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Spanish & English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
DVD Release: Atopia
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $20.98
Synopsis: A wife leaves her homeland of Mexico and goes too Montreal looking for her husband who has disappeared. After several dead ends she befriends a young man who helps her look for husband. Will she be able to let go of her past and move on with the new life she made for herself?
Director Federico Hidalgo follows up his debut film a Silent Love with the dramatic thriller Imitation. Visually Federico Hidalgo knows his stuff as he creates many memorable and beautifully composed shots throughout the film. His visual style lends itself to the story by never trying to flashy or over stating a moment visually. The plot which Federico Hidalgo co-wrote with Paulina Robles moves along briskly to a conclusion that is very satisfying. With just two feature films under his belt Federico Hidalgo has shown a tremendous amount of promise as a filmmaker who gets better with each new project.
The stand out performance in the film is actress Vanessa Bauche as Teresa the abandon wife. Vanessa Bauche also starred in Federico Hidalgo’s a Silent love. Vanessa Bauche is a talented actress who’s nearly twenty years mostly in Mexican film productions has her poised to become the next big Latino star is she makes the transition to Hollywood. Conrad Pla in the film has the small pivotal role of the Teresa’s husband and despite his limited screen time he engulfs most scenes is in. Jesse Aaron Dwyre as Fenton the man who helps Teresa find her husband is the weakest performance in the film. Also this may be due to the fact that this was his first film as an actor.
Ultimately is you are in the mood for a thriller which brings two people together who couldn’t be more different despite their cultural differences then you are sure to enjoy Imitation.
Imitation is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film original aspect ratio. The transfer overall looks really good with strong colors and deep detailed black levels. There are no problems with artifacts, compression or print damage.
Two spoken languages Spanish and English are spoken throughout the film. The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo and the overall quality of mix is evenly balanced and crystal clear. English, Spanish and French subtitles that are error free and easy to follow have been included.
There is a handful of extras most of which are trailers, an alternate Opening (3 minutes) and the excerpt from director Federico Hidalgo’s other film “A Silent Love” is nice bonus that gives another peek into this talented directors’ previous films.
Imitation is first rate drama which gets a superb DVD release from Atopia films, recommended.