Soft boys by day, kings by night: That’s how the young Bulgarian Roma are when they come to Vienna looking for freedom and a quick buck. They sell their bodies as if they’re all they have. The thing that warms them, so far from home, is the feeling of togetherness.
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Kids, only kids, and this movie never forget this. Documenting their wanderings in an exclusionary society gives them the ability to detach from it with a superior attitude when enable them a representation of themselves and some of their coupling situations and desires, materialistic of course, but that, with the matters of the cinema, become euphoria.
Documentary and blatant artifice, blunt realism and colorful romanticism, Pasolini and Fassbinder. A hagiographic and deeply undramatic hybrid that beautifully expresses its subject’s complicated anguishes, desires and vibrant vitality. At times, it seems like the entire film is an intoxicating dance of self-conscious animalistic freedom before an unstoppable dawn brings with it the advent of change and uncertainty.
Filmed like a fiction film, the boundary between the genres is very blurred. Cinematography is gorgeous, the boys are luminous, very touching in the way they play with their own stories, the way they re-imagine themselves, the connection they have with each other. Patric Chiba never indulges in any social commentary. We will naturally think of James Bidgood, Jean Genet and Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau...