This film is years ahead of its time, doing 20 years ago what would still be considered advanced for a film made today. 'Cyclo' has several distinct flavors that it weaves in and out of. The first of these is a documentary like approach, observing the the daily lives of the extremely impoverished people of Vietnam, by what means they survive and the consequences they face in exhausting those means. Another flavor...↓
I am pretty sure this is one of the best films that I have every seen. It carries a theme about the loss of innocence that is brilliant. I have an uncle who lived on the streets of Vietnam and this puts a picture to the stories he tells me...
Starting off as a simple story about a cyclist in Vietnam who gets involved with the underworld, it develops into a dark sometimes mystical tale about estranged characters. Beautiful cinematography, and it’s worthwhile to go with the slow pacing.
La película logra plasmar en pantalla momentos que desbordan vitalidad y energía, desde lo más sublime ( el cliente pintándole las uñas a la hermana del protagonista) a lo más violento (los crímenes y actos vandálicos). Una magistral mezcla de neorrealismo, melodrama y poesía.