Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2013: Penumbra

In more ways than one, Penumbra is late to the party. With its protracted pans and incident-free longueurs, it might be seen as a stylistic continuation of ‘slow cinema’, whose death agony was more or less diagnosed by Sight & Sound editor Nick James during and after this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, with its docudrama feel and days-in-the-life look at Adelelmo (Adelelmo Jimenez), a hunter who lives with his wife (Carlota Rodriquez) in virtual solitude in rural Mexico, the film is a humble retreat from the burning issues currently facing Mexico’s urban centres. Suffice to say, then, urgency is not its suit.