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‘One in a Thousand’ Review: A Housing Project in Argentina Plays Backdrop to a Gritty, Queer Coming-of-Age Tale

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Manuel Betancourt For a film that spends so much of its runtime capturing its subjects in crowded medium shots and discomforting closeups, “One in a Thousand” (“Las mil y una”) feels very much like a cartographic exploration.

Its assured sense of place comes not from establishing shots nor helpful geographical markers but from the specificity of its stories and the authenticity of its performers.Writer-director Clarisa Navas has set her film in “Las Mil,” a housing project in the Corrientes province of Argentina where she grew up.

Built in the 1970s, the now-dilapidated buildings serve as a stark reminder of the kind of populations that are left behind to rot.

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