To keep a promise made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womanizer she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn’t change her plans, she still intends to find him.
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¿Has escuchado alguna vez la voz que pide venganza? ¿Has oído los gritos furiosos de la sangre que hierve? Como cadenazo en los dientes, como escupitajo de fuego, este corto de Restrepo se enciende y jamás se convierte en ceniza: su incandescente imagen late en cada cuadro del mismo modo en el que lo hacen los personajes que circulan, contando un cuento al mismo tiempo que cantan, cantando al mismo tiempo que viven.
"Everything dances! Quicksand too." This film took me by surprise. Didn't expect it to feel so deep and resonant to my life when it is so not my life or story on the face of it. Something archetypal here. And maybe anything can be set to polyrhythms and cut to the quick if the musicians are feeling it. Was like being read an old version of a fairy tale when you are young, your own images blazing into your brain.
Cilaos begins as a melancholic search for a father, perhaps for revenge. When it is revealed that the father, called The Mouth, is dead things take a sociological turn. This sense is underpinned by the blaxploitation style this short is shot in. Finally, the short ends in a frenzied, nihilistic, Freudian realization of masculine adulthood.
The lack of transitions made introducing characters and settings confusing, but in the end it was easy to discern who was who between the characters. The use of song is unique - not an opera but also not quite a musical. The storytelling through lyrics painted a vivid picture of each characters' stories, beliefs, and values. The erratic character focus on the last song played well to illustrate The Mouth's lifestyle.
I loved the use of song in this short. The first two were so mesmerizing and touching. However, the third song in the final scene of the short, really threw me for a loop though. Restrepo and Mazloums's cinematography really helped add to the whole motif. The angles, framing, and the lighting were the finishing touches that made the film so great.
Interesting short film. I liked the music, but wished that it was a bit longer so that the story and characters could be fleshed out a bit more. What was really missing was a visual sense of place. Things were very minimal, focused on the actors and always at the same distance.
Another odd short film from the NY Film Festival. The incorporation of musical aspects in this short film was a daring effort and succeeded to some effect. The film itself though had no basis and was difficult to follow. As the film went on it became increasingly more formal and therefore more excruciatingly difficult to keep track of, especially with an odd musical number at the end which further muddied the waters.