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When Little Joe drops by Norm's place, he's on a mission.Little Joe and Norm are native to a place called Fogo Island.While Joe and Norm enjoy their brew, accompanied by the unceasing howl of wind, Fogo's bodies of fresh water are sufficiently frozen over that a Norm-sized man can shimmy over the surface without fear of drowning. They quiz each other about staying on in Fogo. When it's agreed they'll both remain, Norm suggests a trip up to The Cape. Beirutis will have a chance to enjoy the bleak poetry of "Fogo" Thursday evening when it's projected as part of "Mexican Journeys," a screening cycle of work from that country that opens this week.The writer-director had struck a chord with "Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies," her 2008 debut feature-length doc. Critics took note when she resurfaced at the Directors' Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival with an hourlong doc-fiction film hybrid called "Fogo". Though "Fogo" speaks a dialect of art house cinema that's nearly as strong as the Celtic twang of Norm and his colleagues, it's these elements that give Olaizola's film its jewel-like finish.
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