Jorge, a devastatingly shy dishwasher who works in a shabby Queens diner, finds himself caught between several worlds – rough real life and a number of parallel fantasy lands – in this blend of drama and fantasy.
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As Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) wrote, "Some US indie films are so torpid, so pointless and so incredibly whingey that you want to reach into the screen and slap the face of everyone involved. This film, by writer-director Steve Barron, is one such."
Interesting idea and very promising beginning... However, I feel like it's a character driven story, unfornately we don't learn a lot about the characters, it's difficult to feel for them, they are flat and hard to understand sometimes because of that, the main character rather creepy actually. People portrayed are stereotypical, for example the bully guy. The fantasy elements seem unexplored. Rather disappointing.
I was curious to watch this film because the reviews were so extremely divided. I'm on the supporting side. This film is wonderful. It is honest and delicate. Beautiful, unaffected detail. The actors' choices in their movement & subtle character creation tell so much, layers and layers of information in the smallest detail. That carpet scene. Music & animation touches - ace. The pain of this shy guy. Anonymous hero.
I felt Jorge's choking shyness every step of the way - its personification is so masterfully resolved. The whole atmosphere is authentic and the protagonist of this coming-of-age story has an ameliesque feeling about him.
Beautifully filmed and put together. I loved both the use of interstitial animation and the exceptionally evocative and unusual music score. Won't spoil it for future viewers, but personally look forward to watching it again, without concerns for how things turn out in the end.
The great decision: to kill or to save. I liked the movie. Someone here said there´s lack of depth in some caracteres. Maybe. But the virtues surpass the defects and make of this film a pleasant experience