At first watch I struggled to orient myself, so at the end I went right back and watched it again. I got so much more. Every line of dialogue is laden with something useful; efficient and foreshadowing. Lelia is haughtier than is legal, and completely compelling. I envied the relationship between these siblings, who thrive from party to party, quietly dealing with the threat of not fitting in, which lurks in between.
Yeah nice little movie but not all that people make it up to be let's get down to earth here. Unless someone can show me some angle I haven't seen myself? Sensitive subject matter, nice score and it all flowed quite naturally. See it as a prologue to Cassavetes later works. See it to track his evolution and gather some context on him as a director.
Brilliant. A stupendous achievement. It bursts and bristles with passionate emotions, sincere ideas, and it clamors at the society which gave birth to it. A remarkable "slice of life" drama that sounds off on love, anger, racism, art, friendship, family, identity, and youth all at once. Cassavetes was a genius. And there aren't many film geniuses.
I've finally seen my first Cassavetes movie! And I have to say I'm super impressed and very embarrassed it's taken me so long! This was a glorious film with superb acting and beautifully gritty camerawork. I loved how naturalistic the storyline felt. We were never given any unnecessary information, we learned about who these characters were as we watched them and that process was incredible. I fucking loved it.
Lo de "Sombras" es un logro transgresor. En esta historia no hay giros o conflictos determinantes para el filme o sus personajes, y cuando parece asomarse algo de esto, la película ha terminado. Casavetes lo dice, todo es ejercicio de improvisación. El cine se está perfilando a otra perspectiva purista, como la reacción de la nouvelle vague, solo que este se libra de lo emocional.
I like what I've seen of Cassavetes. His films seem grounded in time and space despite the at-times weird editing. The performances are not particularly great but there's something effortlessly cool and jazzy about these fights and improvised nightclub conversations.