A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city’s streets in search of living forever inside the beautiful moment.
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This is a fantastic rendering of listless youth with over-comfortable lives and the deep longing for something unknown, that the world has yet to reveal. The cinematography is superbly fluid and perfectly matched to the incredible soundtrack. While nothing very much happens, by the end there is change and the culmination of all those sleepless nights begins to reveal itself. 4 stars.
It's reductive to compare every well-photographed, movement-as-poetry indie to Malick, but this one is similar to Song to Song so who cares. It also makes me think that film is a masterclass, the way that it endows vacuity with genuine soul, whereas here it's at very least entitled if not outright air-headed. Sure the critique is inherent, but if you're this fucking pretty why would you care?
What Malick wanted to achieve over the last four or five years is in this film, the aching beauty and the emptiness of all. It feels really childish but beautiful, as true as can be and terribly artificial, fiction and documentary (stagged documentary ?), and it is all this at the same time, the vain, the worst and also the exquisite light of some moments. Polish youth, Grande Bellezza. Worth a try.
Sadly the trailer gave away the best scenes of the movie. Difficult to follow storytelling, jumping editing. Self discoveries and partying for party's sake but what else is out there? Makes you realise that the Ys really is a sad generation.
One of the best movies I've seen this year. It's strange how it manages to talk about some of the banal themes, like love, relationships, meaning of things, and make it sound so new and interesting. Maybe it's because of the cinematography/documentary style. After the movie you want to immediately go to Warsaw or some dark rave party. It turns you up for that stuff. Amazing movie. Recommended.