El viaje hacia el mar is a quiet road movie based on a short story by Juan José Morosoli (1899-1957) an important literary figure in Uruguay. It is a charming, witty, and gentle comedy of manners that can be viewed as a leisurely variation of Maryland’s “going down the ocean” tradition. On a Sunday morning in 1963, six men (and a dog) travel from the small, interior town of Minas to the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the men have never left their insular community so this outing becomes the trip of a lifetime. Driving through the rolling landscape of Uruguay, the men talk, drink, sing, and share their lives and philosophies. Throughout the day, a series of banal events reveals the idiosyncracies of each colorful character: Rodriguez, a taciturn truck driver; Vasco, a drunk laborer; Rataplan, a simple street sweeper; Quintana, a cranky gravedigger; Seven, a clever lottery ticket salesman; and The Stranger. How will they react when they finally see the ocean? Their responses will probably make you smile and nod your head in understanding.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Lane Center 111
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg