Shot entirely on cell phone cameras, Marcelo Tobar’s Oso Polar is a riotous accomplishment of DIY filmmaking. Taking place in one day, it follows the story of Heriberto, Flor and Trujillo, three elementary school friends who meet up again after many years to go to a class reunion party together. Along the way—which is full of car malfunctions, rambling stories, and booze—intense childhood secrets come to light. As Heriberto attempts to reconnect with Flor and Trujillo, it becomes clear that the latter are not really his friends at all, as they begin to replicate the abusive dynamic they exhibited so many years ago. But Heriberto is no longer the same person he was back then, and he is about to give them the surprise of their lives.
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