You watch the incidents, you learn things and Gus van Sant makes you watch those incidents again with that knowledge you gained. You watch the movie two times. This method makes you feel the emotions of main character and emphatize with him. Monologue part was awesome. Great musics, wonderful camera and a nice story.
I think this was a great film. There is this way the film goes back and forth and shows the same thing several times with new snipets of information every time and the revelation why the film is structured this way that I found really interesting. But I also find pictures of the lowest in society and their total apathy to it to be worthy of note in this film. It dares take it's characters seriously.
Une oeuvre fascinante, d'une terrible nonchalance fantasmatique, entre sourde irréalité fragmentée et retorse matérialité délictuelle, composée et déconstruite comme un incomparable puzzle mental, par un adolescent convaincant, pour un spectateur soumis en perpétuelle apnée contemplative, suivant une sorte de rêve éveillée dont il connaît tous les méandres, depuis le début, impuissant et sidéré. www.cinefiches.com
Although the use of orchestral music and slow motion shots seems jarring at first, it really starts to grow on you. The artifice enhances the subjectivity of our main character and brings his mood to the foreground. All in all, PP is a poetic and incredibly interior depiction of a teenage mind.
Subject matter was interesting. Most of the extra skate scenes felt completely detached from the movie, and it was noticeable they were sourced from multiple different eras using different equipment. I even noticed some footage from London, UK at the end. Completely unnecessary. Some good songs in there but like another reviewer it seemed oddly mismatched with the scenes on occasion.
When i read the synopsis i wasn't sold. But its really good. I kept thinking, man i used to know kids like that. The non-linear structure made it better. Really liked the stoic lead performance - it captures the quiet angst of most teenagers better than the loud and in your face rage associated with the target audience.