Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield.
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Calling Colors "a mixture of innocence and brutishness," Slant's Chuck Bowen warns that "the polish of Arbeláe's storytelling is deceptive. Every gorgeous image so logically and comfortably fits into the next that you may think you're watching a more tranquil, sentimental film than you actually are." This is a fine film.
Nice enough tale of a mountain community slowly being taken over by guerrillas told through the eyes of a few soccer obsessed kids and their new teacher. It has its heart in the right place but lacked in the 'stakes' development to make me think anything more than, 'oh gee, wouldn't it be tough going through that'. Beautiful locations, photography and production design. 2.5 stars
An admirably straightforward depiction of the decimation of a community caught in the crossfire between guerrillas and paramilitaries, seen primarily through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. Arbelaez avoids preaching or sentimentality, and although the film contains obvious symbolism, this never detracts from the authenticity of the narrative - its tragic power derives from the simplicity of its execution.
An absorbing and slow paced depiction of conflict and its impact on a community. Amidst the violence that increasingly permeates their lives a small band of kids do what kids always do - play, get up to mischief, and take mad risks.
The child actors are excellent and the drama slow burning but deadly in it's non Hollywood realism.
Brilliant. The slow, inching affect of conflict viewed in a completely communal rather than individualistic and dramatically tragic way works wonders. Here, war is portrayed as completely all-encompassing experience. It's the sort of portrayal we should urgently take heed of in the current refugee crisis.
This film is a tragic account of warfare on a community from the perspective of the children and the destruction of the metaphorical color/life of their home. It is a story and just is a story of things that happen with no real solution to their problems. Maybe that’s the point, that the children are powerless to change the outcome. Just sad.