On a hunt for the Fountain of Youth, three teenagers in 1980’s Honduras buy drugs, harm nature and have magical encounters. Tons of landscape footage, a meditation on Mayan Archaeology and a heavy TV teen vibe highlight this impulse-buy spiritual adventure.
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This film is like eating candy when you don't really like candy and the candy knows that you don't really like it and it doesn't really like being candy, doesn't intend to be candy, and so it's not really candy it's something quite a bit more palatable, without declaring itself. Four stars to balance the scolds that rob it improperly.
I love the use of music and the raw, unpolished feel to the whole film. I also admire that Mubi is selecting short works. As a filmmaker who bounces back and forth between shorts and features myself, it's great to see them appreciated along side the longer works.
Strangely likable while deliberately amateurish this story of the over privileged wandering the jungle in search of the fountain of youth somewhat delights and certainly entertains. Pretty much the perfect length as any longer it might become grating. A good calling card for their next effort.
Loved it, though they could've miked it better.
Still it was like chewing on exceedingly sweet gum & then going past, to where the gum's lost its taste but you jaw goes into over-drive & you're coked to the gills!
"How'll we know if it's working?" "I'm sure it'll tingle or something." Unhinged, uninhibited, free, funny; we need more films that don't try so hard. Whit Stillman's Barcelona and Buñuel's Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie get drunk, watch 80s TV at the bar, and play pool with Brakhage and Herzog. Or maybe it's about the Iran-Contra-type madness of American policy in Central America. I kept expecting sleestacks...