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Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)
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Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)

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Love can spring up in the most unlikely places, and the new film Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) tells one such tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction. Dreadlocked and handsome Dominican-Haitian Julián (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role) begins a jail sentence for petty theft inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside Santo Domingo. While navigating the indignities, corruption and everyday violence from both guards and fellow inmates, he becomes immersed in the system of 'Woodpecking,' the unique sign language the male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary just over 400 feet away. Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love - and heated liaisons - blossom. Julián's entanglement with one female inmate, Yanelly (the astonishing Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), is the fuse that ignites the events of Woodpeckers, which was shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles. Director José María Cabral, whose previous work was the Dominican Republic's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, delivers a knockout film, full of atmosphere, sexuality, and grit.
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The Film Stage
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January 28, 2017

The film springs to life with immediacy and bursts of energy.
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January 26, 2017

The notion that male and female inmates can have relationships is utterly fascinating. It just goes to show that no matter what constraints you put on them, people will find a way.
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January 25, 2017

A lot of the time you see movie that's... compelling if not quite a triumph. That's certainly true of Carpinteros, which is interesting enough, but mostly serves as a showcase for the talents of writer/director Jose Maria Cabral and principal cast.
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Film Threat
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November 15, 2017

Writer-director Jose Maria Cabral often resorts to obvious moves while his characters lack that charisma and sometimes vibration to make this incarcerated love story work beyond a faintly enjoyable, melodramatic trifle.
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Village Voice
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September 13, 2017

Moments are rousing - especially as Manaury starts to suspect their affair - but we're not given quite enough (particularly from the aloof Julián) for a memorable romance.
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AwardsCircuit.com
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December 04, 2017

Woodpeckers is a film that showcases an emerging talent.
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Variety
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January 31, 2017

While "Carpinteros" is strong enough in atmosphere and assembly, it's limited by characters who aren't developed with great complexity, and a climax that pours on a little too much credulity-stretching hyperbole.
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San Diego Reader
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September 22, 2017

Cabral's depiction of prison society feels measured and just: there is no pretending that it isn't awful, but nor is there a denial of basic human feeling.
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Shockya.com
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September 11, 2017

Men and women find a way to communicate without speaking in this prison movie which is probably an original for the genre.
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New York Times
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September 14, 2017

José María Cabral's arresting drama "Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)" could be called love in a pressure cooker, but that would be understating its vivid textures and palpable vitality.
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Hollywood Reporter
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January 24, 2017

Raw, intriguing and and energetic despite its flaws ...
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Chicago Reader
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October 26, 2017

[Woodpeckers] is an emotional hothouse.
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