2005 / Argentina
Tiempo Final was an Argentinean television series produced by BBTV and Telefé Contenidos, released on Telefe on August 3rd, 2000. This thriller had two seasons, of 22 and 21 episodes each, in which every story was developed in only one place and with no more than three or four characters.
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Cast: Nominado Martín Fierro mejor director (Sebastián Borensztein) Ganador Premio Broadcasting Mejor Producción
Thriller & drama
Tiempo final resorted to suspense, with a high police tone, some sort of humor, twists and unexpected changes which made the audience unable to guess the ending until the last second. Moreover, it had as characters people who looked apparently common but were faced by unexpected situations.
The story is a series narrated in a real time hour. This is, the classic fiction plot formula (introduction, plot, ending) developed without being continued afterwards in less than 60 minutes.
The images weren’t produced on an edgy editing, had abrupt breaks between takes that lasted only tenth of seconds or cameras were located on implausible angles either. The format’s visual aspect was based on more classic narration formulas and stage, which aim at seizing a more luminous photography and a tidy technical scaffolding.
The variety of stories covered situations ranging from a woman who caught her partner cheating on her, shooting this and his lover, and when trying to get rid of the bodies, she ends up being one more victim; including a former mentally-ill convict and a false plumber, also involving a disabled professional and his physical therapist in a dangerous odyssey. Also, the narration about a man who plans to poison his wife for 35 years already, to run away with his lover and the unexpected appearance of a thief turn the course of events and rephrases the question of the victim and the victimizer.
The chapters are almost completely staged in interiors. Also, the narrations show several points in common: there’re characters that cannot control what happens around them, there’re eventful circumstances that unexpectedly change the most elaborated plans, there’re emotional reactions when facing limit situations that leave out any sensible attitude and a sardonic humor that acts as a dark shadow when it comes to the suspense instances the characters live.
The stories are not about morale or judgments over the characters’ behavior, therefore they’re only limited to respecting the narration’s spirit and writing; and allow working on the multiple visual and plot possibilities of suspense, all of this to reach the final goal: keep the audience on tenterhooks.
Tiempo Final (Final Time)