Amongst the endless miles of Chile’s pacific coast, surrounded by a peddle beach and thick woods, sits a lonesome, ramshackle hut. It would seem that two identical, elderly men live in this hut, as they chat and argue, but mostly stick to their own interests. One likes fishing and diving in the ocean, whilst the other spends his time amongst books and drinks. In one conversation the pair ponder what it would be like to be as one, but come to a simple conclusion; “actually it already doesn’t really work”.
In this introspective debut from photographer Francisco Bermejo, the lens is turned towards thoughts of solitude and solace as Bermejo chronicles a man who has spent decades in isolation. The film muses that whilst other people can be easily avoided if you just travel far enough, it is almost impossible to escape yourself. Echoing parables of Moby Dick, The Other One lets us peek inside the mind of isolation, question who it is we really live with when we live alone, and even glimpse a literal white whale that graces the screen.
Suvi Heino (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)