A nice, thoughtful and quiet piece about love that harkens back to LA's Black neo-realist films of the 70s. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this trend of White filmmakers making movies about poor Black people (eg. Welcome to Pine Hill, Beast of Southern Wild), but the portrayals aren't racist. It would just be nice to see more filmmakers of color making these kinds of films.
This film blew me away. I can't believe that the actors have never been in a film before!! The characters were incredibly well-developed which allowed me to emphasize with them and their situation. Cinematography was beautiful, all and all 5/5 hands down.
Such melancholia... Can't imagine anyone had much fun making this film. A grim but strangely refreshing (?) change from urban Black 'realism'. And convincing but understated acting by non-professionals that some pros would kill to be able to emulate.
What really stands out in this film is the originality of the language Hammer proposes to establish a conversation with the viewer. The audio is deliberately blurred so the viewer takes a more prominent & active role in interpreting the story. The cinematography reinforces the backdrop & mood, one of desolation & solitude, hopelessness. The film certainly feels real & authentic when stripped down to the bare bones.