With Born and Bred, Pablo Trapero displays the same knack for intimate storytelling that made his Crane World and Rolling Family so moving, while returning to the themes of isolation explored in El Bonaerense, his austere tale of innocence corrupted. But Born and Bred is much darker. It taps into elemental emotions - fear of death, the terror of losing those we love most and the pain of that loss - and speaks in a language that is distinctive to its talented director. Stunningly photographed, expansive vistas make this film a powerful visual experience, while rich performances give it tremendous soul. Santiago (Guillermo Pfening) is an upwardly mobile interior designer who runs a very successful business with his wife, Milli (Martina Gusman). They lead a seemingly charmed but predictable life with their daughter - until their tranquility is shattered by a devastating accident. After the tragedy, Santiago reappears in southern Argentina, having relocated to the frozen, spectacularly immense landscape of Patagonia.The tempo and the geography of the film change entirely. Rather than the enclosed and comfortable space of the family home, vast wintry wastelands take over. The pace of life is also much slower; working at a tiny rural airport where random problems constantly delay flights, Santiago sleepwalks through his days. His evenings are spent drinking with new friends, Robert (Federico Esquerro) and Cacique (Tomás Lipán), but despite the isolation of this new environment, Santiago can't exorcize the demons from his past. With four feature films under his belt, Trapero has built a steady career since Crane World hit the international film scene in 1999, bringing the world's attention to the work of a new generation of Argentine filmmakers. Ultimately about confronting those aspects of our lives over which we have no control, Born and Bred attests to Trapero's adeptness as a director and his ability to bring poignant, deeply meaningful stories to the screen.