Synopsis by Mark Deming
Filmmaker Mariano Llinas presents three interconnected stories that cohere into an impressionistic whole in this epic-length independent drama from Spain. X (Mariano Llinas) works as a surveyor for the Spanish government and is charting a village in the countryside when he sees a farmer being attacked by two strangers. X attempts to intervene, but when he discovers the farer isn't dead as he imagined, he panics and shoots him, forcing him to grab the farmer's belongings and go on the lam. Elsewhere, Z (Walter Jakob) has landed a new job, but he becomes curious about what became of the man who held the post before he did, and in time his desire to find out what happened grows into an obsession. And H (Agustin Mendilaharzu) sets out on a journey of the body and mind when he's hired by an engineer, Factorovich (Eduardo Iaccono), who wants to know the truth about a water processing project his firm launched and abandoned years before. Historias Extraorinarias (aka Extraordinary Stories) was an official selection at the 2008 Buenos Aires Film Festival, where the 250 minute feature was screened in two parts.