A sensitive portrait of youth culture in an age of sweeping global transformation. While focused on a small clique of street artists in Cali, Colombia, who are attempting to reconcile the past with their alienated present, the city is just a focal point for Navia's broad panorama of our troubled modernity. I have maintained for some time that this is the most radical generation we've seen in half a century.
Navia gives a warm but pointed look at life in Cali, Colombia for two urban painter street kids struggling to find their voice while dealing with family issues, police brutality and poverty. "We shall be silent no longer". Though the film meanders at times with little payoff its well worth a look at this emerging filmmaker who previously made 'Crab Trap'.
Not quite blown away by the acting in this one - some of the actors seem to just regurgitate their lines while putting more or less nothing into them, and the film doesn't bother much with characterisation. On the other hand, that's probably the whole point of the film - not delve too deep into anything, the teenage style. It was a nice watch, nonetheless:)
Film about youth, rebellion, religion, politics, that is more of an observation than a commentary. What I appreciate most is how so many layers are seamlessly connected or rather interleaved, but that comes at a cost: it lacks depth, substance. Nice soundtrack.
Understated and simple. The film approaches the lives depicted in the film with care and consideration. Each one is fully believable and a developed character. The plot struggles to find weight in the opening act and left me feeling more detached than in a more complete film. There are some nuances that grace this film, but not enough to make me fall in love with it.
The film is more like a documentary. I liked the director's approach; he is not dictating ideas; he is rather presenting. The two stories of two characters are seamlessly blended. I also liked the hopeful ending; even though there is a constant police pressure and a money problem, they still talk about what they are going to paint next: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
A beautifully crafted portrayal of a pretty ordinary couple of lads growing up in urban Columbia. The film avoids falling into the clichés of Latin American realist cinema and doesn't portray them growing up around gangs and crime . The film enters their world of Graffiti art and the focus that it brings to the protagonists.