Ariel Escalante’s understated directorial debut is a touching story of a woman attempting to bury her grief.

Life is a mundane ritual for Claudia (Liliana Biamonte), the lonely young nurse at the center of Costa Rica director Ariel Escalante’s thoughtful debut “The Sound of Things” (“El sonido de cosas”). This quiet, unassuming character study offers no big gestures or fancy tricks, but its subtle attention to behavior and inexpressible feelings reflects the intelligence of a promising storyteller attuned to cinema’s unique powers.
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Suffering from the suicide of her cousin just a few months earlier, Claudia leads a drab life helping patients on a tight schedule, riding the

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