In this multilingual story about love, letting go and GMOs, two isolated strangers find themselves living in San Francisco after being physically displaced from their countries, cultures and families. Sebastian, a traumatized Argentine Army veteran, is haunted by nightmares of his torturous past. He attempts to balance the loud and chaotic war in his head by leading a reclusive and disciplined existence structured by daily yoga and fresh organic food. Helen, a French Canadian, flees to the United States after an emotionally challenging experience that reveals a unique and mysterious capacity within her that paradoxically connects and isolates her from everyone. Still reconciling the past, she leads an introspective life choosing to forego the inevitable complications involved in average human engagement, for pure, peaceful exchanges with animals and nature. She spends her days quietly tending to and connecting with the natural beauty around her that others seem to miss. It is only when Sebastian is forced out of seclusion by the most unlikely source, that these two alienated and introverted strangers cross paths in a neighborhood health food store. As Helen attempts to explain the misinformation on the label of a product she is returning and Sebastian attempts to quickly replenish a suddenly unavailable organic staple, they are dismissed by a disinterested and disingenuous clerk. Helen quickly senses there is more at play within this scenario and offers Sebastian an alternative that permanently disrupts his daily routine. Captivated by Sebastian, she discovers that it is only by letting down her guard and letting go of her unusual abilities that she is able to truly know the power of connection and love.
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RICE is a multicultural, independent feature film in Spanish, French and English language.
Post Production was completed in January 2018 and it currently in the international film festival circuit.
So far, RICE, a new feature film from a first time filmmaker, has won an award as best screenplay at the 9 year old Amsterdam International Film Festival. This was a huge acknowledgment for us as this festival is not politically oriented and is only based on private screening judgment by the festival assigned judges.
RICE has also been an official selection at Nice Independent Filmmaker Festival, Pordenone International Film Festival, Madrid International Filmmaker Festival and Kansas International Film Festival from which the following humbling review resulted.
IMDb - Oct 2018
A Lyrically Visual Story
"Rice" is an immersive story told in an almost magical way. It starts out with a soldier in the Falkland Islands War performing a merciful act, and the resulting punishment he receives. He meets a young woman who starts to help him heal from the wounds that he suffered. You will not see a movie like this anytime soon. Writer-Director Alex Vargas has crafted a movie so visually distinct and exact, that watching it is fascinating even if it didn't have a story. As the movie progresses, both lead characters move toward their ultimate conclusion, with a resolution that is as real and grounded as the imagery is poetic. This is an art film that really earns the term art.