Not worth your time unless you're *really* into the genealogy of French cinema, or curious about the fish-out-of-water experience of a Frenchman in Los Angeles (more absurd than that of an Englishman in New York) and Tijuana. If you're watching to see Selma Hayek as a stripper, go watch 'From Dusk Till Dawn', or better yet, 'Dogma'. For me, the film's best parts were the excerpts from Varda's 'Documenteur' (1981).
Uufff... that was painful. And not in a good way. This is what happens when "New Wave royalty" are given the keys to the family inheritance and drive it into the channel. At least Chaplin and Hayek can act. Demy can't write a passable script, let alone act one out. Def Film Class 101: cliches, stock characters, recycled emotions and a complete absent of irony. Stick to your day job, Vincent. Take care of that ear.
Americano was a somewhat an arduous experience. It was hard to stay interested in a wandering plot that went nowhere. What started as a film about self-discovery and the search for absolution, turned into in a chaotic mess of empty stock characters and strained far-fetched situations. Lola's character is infuriatingly clichéd. The performances of the cast were less than satisfactory. An overall "meh" film.
Americano was interesting at some points, but overall, a bit slow-moving. The main character unravels after his mother's death, and an audience can easily feel just as distant from the other characters as he does. Overall, fairly disappointing as a story line. However, the musical score was fitting and a satisfying element of the film. The directors use of color and contrast worked well in evoking emotion.
I really enjoyed watching Americano, it started a bit slow but kept me intrigued with an interesting plot, the main character, Martin, is someone many can relate too--or at least feel sympathy towards. One thing that really stuck out to me was the score/soundtrack, each piece did a wonderful job at setting the tone of a scene.
A nice try of a good film, but only a try. There are different nice pieces, the music, the photography and generally the plot-dialogue, but something doesn't help to make them fix together and make a nice result. Nice idea, nice ingredients, but it needs more salt and pepper...