The Future Perfect | El futuro perfecto movie

Recently arrived in Argentina, 18 year-old Xiaobin (Xiaobin Zhang) is struggling with her Spanish at her job in a market she does okay with the names of things but struggles with quantities. She enrolls in Spanish classes with her saved wages and as her grasp of the language improves, her world expands, and our glimpses of her life become richer and more expressive.

THE FUTURE PERFECT takes on an unusual question—what is it like to think and imagine in a language you’re still learning—with equal parts assurance and idiosyncrasy. Working with an inexperienced cast, director Nele Wohlatz uses her inarticulate characters to play out stories about communication, fantasy, and relationships. – A. Modi

A smart and innovative look at the possible futures of a young Chinese immigrant to Buenos Aires, told in the stilted language of an elementary Spanish textbook.

A movie directed by Nele Wohlatz is a cinematographic capirotada( mexican bread pudding).  What I mean by that is that, the film plays a variety of roles, from the comedy bits to the almost anecdotal quality of the movie execution.  A glimpse of surrealism throughout the film giving the audience a sense of confusion about a reality.

All in all, the movie was a very interesting concept in filmaking.  It is said it was inspired by the director’s memories from the early days of teaching German at an institution where students, many of them Chinese were trying to learn Spanish.

The movie is about the experiences that Zhang Xiaobin goes through after she recently arrived in Argentina.  Is it real or fiction, we don’t know.  Is Xiaobin recalling a story or just a scenario of things that could be or things that could happen.  She tries to make the best out of life, she learns that the most she is able to understand the best her quality of life would be.  From eating out, ordering food to getting a better paying job, Xiaobin is quick to adapt.

She meets another foreigner, an indian guy that soon becomes a love interest.  Learning spanish has open doors and possibilities, at the same time culture barriers seems to become less apparent yet still existing in the reality of Xiaobin.

Actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayar makes a interesting plot half way through the movie.  It helps us understand a little how a foreign person understand the language and culture during the assimilation process.  In learning a new language we saw how it a person can transform and become a different one.  Their opportunities and dreams also change and all these was done in a form of role playing using key phrases and creating scenarios with their own imagination and use of the language.