Huh, only just noticed, many months after viewing it, thanks to the still, that the two leads are obviously twinned. Maybe I need to watch this again. All the glass and reflections, maybe the "Buñuel lite" had more going on and it was me who is shallow and about surfaces, not the film.
An exceptionally lovely film that also reminds me of walking through the streets in Europe. But how many people who look like supermodels can there be in one cafe or bar? Also, other reviewers are right - maybe this guy is supposed to be edgy, but ultimately he's creepy. Since this seemed to be an attempt to comment on longing and obsession, creepy doesn't quite work.
This is a very nice study in the uses of light as well as the many emotions conveyed by the human face. There is not much plot beyond the general idea of searching for something which either has been lost or cannot be found again. I cannot recall being annoyed by foley effects before: The sounds of footsteps intrudes when the quiet sounds of the city could provide a serene background for contemplation.
Don't try this at home boys. I personally like visual narratives and this is a superb example of letting a camera evoke both storyline and plot. Some very effective use of shallow focus and Luis Guerin manipulates images to play with the contours of space. He manages to create a sense of pathos, desire and obsession that takes us, slowly, into this young artists psyche without falling into standard cliches.
Feels as if Director was practicing interesting cinematography techniques of film master greats to make a better film next time. Enough with shots of people through window reflections-we get it.Don't mind the half page of dialogue that sustained the entire film but interesting shots of beautiful city,girl not enough to to sustain.Positive-relate vouyeristic quality of a traveler/Inability capture+preserve beauty.
I think The Guardian review said it best when it called this film a "hauntingly enigmatic interior drama of longing". Indeed. Perfectly photographed. Superb sound design. A meditation on the act of looking, the ache of desire, and the disappointment of fulfillment in a city of strangers going about their lives in crowded isolation.
Loved the audio/camera work, though the latter ––at times–– voyeuristic approach made me feel ill at ease at times. Bro might be handsome, but he's a pathetic stalker/creep, who sometimes walked like he was about to poop his pants. Or so it seemed. It also brought memories of my attempts to lose myself in the crowd in Graz, Austria ––during the holiday season in the late 1990s.