Medianeras is Spanish for sidewalls, the walls on the side of an apartment building that have no windows, no balconies, look old regardless of how new the building is, and are often smothered in ads and pollution. Medianeras is a 2011 Argentine film by exceptionally talented director and writer Gustavo Taretto, starring Spanish actress Pilar López de Ayala and relative newcomer Argentine actor Javier Drolas. The story tells of the separate yet intertwining lives of two young people in Buenos Aires. It is a touching and uniquely accurate depiction of modern love.
A simple and honest soundtrack coupled with minimalist cinematography and the Buenos Aires skyline embrace the film’s idiosyncratic attitude to create a movie that is absolutely ‘loveable’. Medianeras shows young love not involving young people with their lives ahead of them but people that are the product of their cities, their videogames, their movies, their books, and their fears. The film involves architecture, philosophy, and children’s books to explain how love blossoms, how love flourishes, and how love evades us until it doesn’t. There is in Medianeras a momentous reference to an iconic children’s favourite, Where’s Waldo? (in North America) and ¿Dónde Está Wally? (in South America). As children need to find a face in the crowd on a page, grownups need to find an unknown face in the crowd in the city. And that is what love is: looking for something but you just don’t know what.