Gah! Moguillansky’s editing is so delightful it distracts me from every movie he’s edited. Precociously expressive, like there’s some literal synthesthetic language he’s got some sort of access to; flow itself. The film, as directed by Citarella, stays pretty safely in postmodernism’s shallow end, with its conceptual basis not nearly flushed out enough to support the feature length run-time. Still, not bad. 2.75
The film has an intriguing premise in its whimsical take on a young woman's listless imagination. The sense of ambiance is strong in wordless moments such as the women wading through the ocean or the clouds along the horizon (the film contains some striking cinematography). I was all set to give the film 3 stars until the final scene which struck me as unnecessarily brutal. Too abrupt of a tonal shift.
Película excesivamente lenta sin ser contemplativa, cuya premisa podría haber sido resuelta en quince minutos y que no explota el potencial que el entorno (el viejo hotel Ostende) podría haber ofrecido. Ofrece menos de lo que promete y se hace por momentos soporífera a pesar de su 81 minutos.
2.5 I wanted to like this film, as there are so few movies about women traveling alone. Yet it took me 3 viewings to watch the whole thing. I kept falling asleep. There wasn't enough plot to sustain a feature-length movie. If we'd had a "B" story and "C" story, the film might have worked. As it is, the "A" story is too skimpy. Possibly more musical score could have helped, though the diegetic sound was appropriate.
Written and directed by Laura Citarella, this stars Laura Paredes enjoying the prize of some free off-peak holiday time at a hotel. Noticing the activities of others in the hotel, she starts to create a scenario in her mind. Entirely fictional? Or does it have some core of truth? Part laze in the sun, part Antonioni-esque look at passive witnesses to something that may or may not be dangerous. A little cracker.
The format of the film is both griping and leaving a lot of space to imagination and self reflection. In that it works really well. and I don't like films that do not hold my hand. A few self indulgent exercises in scenes are funny if a bit dragging on ( the crunch paper suspense, the script telling, ... ) All in all, worth it as a piece of film and as an exploration of storytelling techniques.
An off-season vacationer pieces together a mystery that seems only to exist in her head while waiting for her boyfriend to join her. In certain moments it drags out of tandem with its already slow pace, but still enjoyable and engaging. An austere film which uses its lack of flair towards its charm. A rough four.
Beautifully understated thriller. The sparing use of musical soundtrack makes it all the more impactful when it comes in 20 minutes into the film. I admired the courage of the director to take time to pause over scenery, and let the viewer's own thoughts almost write the dialogue for her. That closing scene is the longest fade ever, and the guy riding his bike in the closing minute is a nice touch. Good work.
As defined by the director/writer, this is a film about film. Laura Paredes's character can hardly be called the main protagonist, rather the main spectator (and she's absolutely great playing that part). What disappoints some people about this film is exactly what makes it great: the culmination happens when the audience has already left.
(2.5 stars) Just a bit lingering and non-engaging for the most part. Perfectly well acted and some interesting moments of tension. But the overall effect that the movie goes for is not entirely clear. The movie then becomes something completely different towards the very end. This seems almost like a cheat as well, which was a bit disappointing. Not a bad film, just one that is not entirely sure what it wants to be.