There are few conventional narrative elements on display in Adolfo Doring's film Metro. Amber is a stylist who takes Polaroids of supermarket produce in her spare time. During a photo shoot she meets model Tina, who uses a video camera to document her own loneliness. She is being followed by-and perhaps even stalked by-a strange woman named Chikako. Lila is a documentary filmmaker beset by insecurities. She randomly befriends aspiring German actress Anke, who is adrift in New York after losing her apartment. During the course of an unspecified number of months, Metro acutely observes the relationships that these attractive, young, creative women form with one another. Director Adolfo Doring-who also wrote, shot, edited, and coproduced the film-firmly believes that authenticity is derived from the quotidian. While the viewer is privy to occasional flare-ups of emotional conflict, it is always at the service of revealing the complex inner lives of his characters. Doring's rigorously observational approach makes Metro a unique and provocative experience.
Born in Mexico City in 1962, Adolfo Doring began practicing photography and filmmaking as a teenager and later moved to New York to study sociology at Columbia. By the mid-1990s, he was a successful music video director, collaborating with artists such as Sting, Bon Jovi, Savage Garden, Sheryl Crow, Santana, and the Dixie Chicks. In 1995, his video for Hootie & the Blowfish's "Hold My Hand" won Best Video for a New Band at the MTV Music Video Awards. As a cinematographer, Doring worked on the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, Capturing the Friedmans (2003), and his Karaoke Man (2000) won Best Documentary at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. His other films include the documentaries An American Band (2001), which follows Jon Bon Jovi, and One Night on Broadway (2002). Doring is currently working on a new documentary entitled The Trial of the St. Patrick's Four.