A kind of anti-promotion for the city of Bogota in Colombia where the urban squalor is home to a variety of people living their lives. The young man at the centre of the action resourcefully acts as a bike mounted hawker who finds both sex and love before being caught up in a quite shocking military scam. The voices of the mothers of the disappeared provides a poignant conclusion to this stunning film.
poignant and powerful. beautifully crafted and captured the essence of Latin identity and the tragedy of a life of desperate poverty and insecurity. the main character is very likeable and the story is involving, building up to an unexpected twist that brings the parts of the plot together.
Simple and direct movie. Something is missing in "dramatic construction", perhaps because of the script and the characters too flat. A film like this is interesting because it describes a piece of history and geography of Colombia, but narratively it seemed imperfect.
A powerful film that taught me something about life and cinema without typical Hollywood trickery. I love this film for its gritty realism that's elevated to a poetic level by a combination of storytelling and cinematography. It's something you can rarely see in the trivial modern cinema laden with excessive visual gadgetry that replaces any substance (with rare exceptions that is). You'll never forget it.