Lectura de Manos

Javier Codesal
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A close-up shot of a pair of hands. Behind them, we see a woman who is about to offer us the portrait of the hands’ owner. Past, present and future are combined in Javier Codesal’s palm reading.

The two great hands on screen are for us a bridge to the woman behind them, Elisa Romero. She reads out the hand’s details in order to explain the life of the person whose hands we are seeing. It could be anyone, since the portrait that is rendered is a complex combination of characteristics and traits. The individual being described is someone who is “very independent” yet needs “to settle down”; he has a great sensibility, yet is very materialist; he is generous but also miserly.

The palm reader’s narration oscillates between the psychological portrait, the discovery of the past and the options for the future. The individual’s love life, his family relationships and his contact with others gradually come up in the narration.

The shot chosen by Codesal for the video puts the spectator in the position of being read. The hands on screen warmly accompany us into this surprising portrait supposedly drafted from total ignorance of the subject. This is a fun portrait, entertaining and warm, with climactic moments but also sad ones, with surprises and disappointments, all that a story needs in order to keep the stimulus of proximity.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Lectura de Manos
  • Direction: Javier Codesal
  • Production: Caja San Fernando. 2002.
  • Duration: 00:16:10
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright