En "Chop shop" Bahrani parece remontarse en lo que había realizado en "Man push cart". Hay un olor a neorrealismo en la historia de personajes pertenecientes a un contexto difícil. Existe sin embargo el optimismo por la superación; un food truck. Sucede un conflicto y raíz de esto su protagonista principal asume un perfil sórdido. Como en lo italianos, la inocencia se extravía. El final sin embargo lo redime.
Chop Shop would make a splendid companion piece to the outstanding Gimme The Loot. Set in a similar part of New York, it's a sublime character study that not so much explores the loss of youth but more the absence of education and how street smarts can only get you so far. Well acted, nicely shot, but the ending was as sudden as these things tend to be these days.
A realist American indie movie this film feels too restrictive, oppressive & limited. We hardly have a chance to know what happens around the corner & beyond from this garage in Queens, New York. Despite the excellent acting by the young Alejandro Polanco, a tour de force transmitting raw angst & primal energy, the film lacks dynamism, originality, a touch of magic to lift it up from its bland mundanity.
Is it just my internet - this was very problematic to load (?). A good snapshot of life from one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Not much by way of action, but the dialogue is lively and I was glad that it wasn't a painstaking story of someone going from a bad condition to the absolute worst - there is pain enough in between the lines. Some uninteresting turns of plot (poverty -> crime). Simple, nice ending
The brother/sister scenes are gorgeous. But overall the characters lack depth and personality. They look right but I can’t feel any back-story or point. There is no danger, tension or atmosphere in the story-telling. As a simple observation of a day in some people’s lives, it works. But it is boring and doesn’t actually feel honest - I don’t understand some of the reactions of the characters.
As Queens is becoming more gentrified, the chop shop is dying soon going the way of Shea Stadium, unceremoniously broken down to pieces as something newer and safer was built in its place. For the chop shops it is not a baseball stadium but the buzzword economic development. This already great film of neo-realism is also the most powerful lifeline to a certain era and area of New York City that will soon be gone.