7 Boxes (SIFF 2013)

Victor makes a living by transporting purchases in the bustling marketplace. When a rival deliveryman misses a scheduled pick-up of some sensitive material, Victor finds himself tasked with guarding seven boxes for the afternoon. If he returns them in one piece, he’ll earn enough money to purchase the fancy new mobile phone he’s been eyeing. Little does he know that the contents of those boxes will bring him nothing but trouble! Victor soon finds himself in over his head as his rival, the police, and his new employer all race to find him and seize the boxes.

This was really a fun film with some heart-pounding chase scenes as well as great comic relief in the form of over-the-top supporting characters (the yellow-toothed criminal mastermind is ridiculous!). The friendship at the center of the story is a bit predictable, but in a comforting way, and each of the main characters has a nice story arc that lasts throughout the film. I really enjoyed 7 Boxes and would recommend it for a fun evening.

Provided Film Synopsis
In a crowded outdoor marketplace in Asunción, Paraguay, 17-year-old Victor is offered $100 to deliver seven boxes. A movie nut, he believes that to get famous he needs a cell-phone that shoots video, so he eagerly agrees, but the boxes are linked to a serious crime and a large stash of money. Soon he's being pursued by the cops as well as an array of bad guys with sinister agendas. Victor has to use all his wits, with help from his resourceful friend Liz (who's becoming more than a friend), to stay a step ahead of his pursuers, in an adrenaline-fuelled game of cat and mouse. This low budget first feature by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori is a breakneck joyride that rivals Hollywood action movies for inventiveness and thrills-per-minute, but also conveys a rich and gritty sense of place, with a range of vivid characters. Meneglia and Schémbori make impressive use of their location, choreographing exciting and elaborate chase scenes using little more than people pushing long, wooden wheelbarrows.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Juan Carlos Maneglia
    • Tana Schémbori
  • Cast Members:

    • Celso Franco
    • Lali González
    • Nico García
    • Víctor Sosa
  • Countries:

    • Paraguay
  • Languages:

    • Guarani
    • Spanish
  • Genres:

    • Action/Adventure
    • Comedy