This film is essentially good except for the fatal flaw that 1/3 of it is a totally black screen. How awful, a waste of the viewers time, and an unnecessary gimmick to show that there is a scene change. They could have just cut to the next scene without 30 seconds of blackness each time.
Too slow, but interesting nonetheless, with some strong moments of performance. The brothers' hug in the closet, for example, or the kung fu greeting when he showed up at the theater. Eimbcke knows how to master small moments.
A touching, non-road movie set in a small port town in South Mexico and focused on a teenager whose car breaks down and who walks back and forth around town looking for people to help him fix it. It seems partly modeled on the deadpan humour, visual style and character types of Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise. But it has a more human/personal touch, with natural performances that mean it earns its darker elements.
Sweet film with a realistic but positive outlook (always my ultimate preference)... Black frame spiked my imagination.... Still scenes and pacing were beautiful. 4 stars for quality, add a 5th for likability.
Con influencias, en tono y forma, de la obra temprana de Jarmusch, incluyendo citas directas a Stranger Than Paradise (los personajes viendo una película de artes marciales) este film trasciende la fórmula del minimalismo, gracias a una exploración honesta y desdramatizada del sentimiento de pérdida ante la muerte de un ser querido. La escena del viejo resignándose a perder a su perro es conmovedora.
Emotionally touching and highly introverted.
Don't let the muted style put you off, the reason for it being as such becomes clearer and clearer as the film progresses, so that by the end it all seems to make sense. Certainly worth a watch if you want something to make you feel.
Great work with the cameras and the silences, a movie that seems kind of a comedy at the beginning but then it becomes a touching drama, Orgullo mexicano, que se sigan haciendo de estas peliculas y que viva mexico.