Pacho Velez
United States | 2021 | 80 min
International Premiere
Language : English
Subtitle : French

For many New Yorkers during quarantine, the search for the perfect partner, or even just someone to have a good time with, almost became an emergency. Social networks helped to offset the loneliness of isolation. With humour and sensitivity, Searchers shows us a great gallery of residents in their quest to find what they are looking for. 

In 1985 Gabriel García Marquez published Love in the Times of Cholera, in which Florentino Ariza waits for more than fifty years for his love for Fermina Daza to be requited. The wait does not prove in vain. The ways in which people met then were very different, however the quest remains the same. With humour and radiographic precision, Pacho Velez shows us love in the times of Covid. An extraordinarily well-chosen gallery of New Yorkers appear in front of the camera to reveal to us how they meet others through social media and, most importantly, what they were looking for in their quest. No one is left out, neither because of age nor sexual orientation. All reveal themselves spontaneously, shyly, fluently or bemused and speak of what hides behind a name on Tinder or OkCupid or any other app. The search for a partner, or a simple hook-up, reveals in Velez’s film a portion of the world of each of the characters. Undoubtedly, none of them will have to wait fifty years for their love to be reciprocated. 

Violeta Bava


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