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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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.
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.
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."
delightful little gem of magical realism from deep in the heart of NY. uniformly excellent acting, minimalistic screenplay composition, and by the end nothing REALLY has happened, except some people have made some moves towards something they weren't at the beginning of the film. loved the animated interludes. cared deeply about all involved, and one scene of surprising tension. completely dodges sentiment too.