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.
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.
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.
I have no doubt this film deserves all the merit it was rewarded, but despite some wonderful (also some terrible) acting, and beautiful shots, the style is too formulaic and the pacing too drawn out to keep me entertained enough to pay attention. At 30 minutes we see 5 seconds of an empty street, a boy walks into and out of shot, then 10 more seconds of the empty street. Repeat at bus shelter. Repeat outside house.
Interesting, camera work, silent parts that add up to the atmosphere, acting is excellent and also realistic in my opinion... It's not a long movie, but enough to make you familiar with the characters and I personally would like to see how their lives followed from the point the movie ended...
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.