“Anything can happen at any time,” says 27-year-old Argentine indie filmmaker Diego Lerman, talking about his debut feature, Suddenly (Tan de repente). “It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t. What’s important is the possibility that it can, and creating a world for it to take place in.” This succinct definition of cinematic verisimilitude perfectly embodies the essence of Lerman’s film, which has won significant critical acclaim, both locally and internationally, over the past year.

You can read the complete version of this article in the September / October 2003 print edition of Film Comment.