Those familiar with Salaviza's short films will see how much he staid within his comfort zone in this coming-of-age story with a protagonist adrift in an ruthless (almost post-apocalyptic) life, lacking in emotional structure and family support. I'm not sure if all that darkness was enough to fill its running time, I would like to have seen at least a stronger scene between David and his mother.
Oh, the plights and anguishes of a young aimless male… A tedious and disappointingly limited exploration of themes and aesthetics that have been amply featured in films of much greater daringness and innovation. While it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of its cinematography or its formal efficiency, it’s equally easy to see in it the nauseating stench of the uncreative convention of modern realist independent cinema.
The ecstasy of academic cinema in a scholastic version: copying the pictorial effect of Pedro Costa films, but not his "pathos" and much less his "ethos", we have the usual drift by a socially disadvantaged community, so typical of the "quality" European cinema. Basically, an act of aesthetic inventory - there is no single frame that is not beautiful and (in)significant -, without any (con)textual interest. A bother.