"Deserted ruins with beautiful swimming pools" J.G. Ballard and Andy Warhol doing a homage to Alphaville and Donnie Darko, but it all takes place at a house party in the 1980's. "From Nigeria feeling hot and surrounded by mosquitoes, my transistor's out of batteries, send me lots of records." The future is mundane and ordinary. We are going to celebrate it. "Oh you, you should learn, oh you, the rules of the game."
The Future cares more about remaining an affected film, highlighting its quirks and cleverness than constructing a narrative or providing any emotional heft to the piece as a whole. Hiding behind tricks of the camera and distorted music, the film does not generate a narrative or basing for why we are watching for far too long. I could easily have been drawn in by the cleverness, if only it was given any more weight.
There's some style here with the home-movie vibes, the set and costume and those intentional editing mistakes, but that is far to less to keep one interrested in staring at people partying, talking without subtitles, and staring. It captures a certain mood quite well but thats about it. The exact same could have been accomplished in a 5-10 minute short film.
Carrasco does an admirable job of portraying a particular time period in his country's history, one which I am sure would be more appealing for those who were there or are at least more invested personally. The style and direction is excellent, but I feel it would have been better as a 25 minute short. I gave it an extra star for the PHENOMENAL soundtrack.
On the filmmaking alone: There are a lot of great pieces here, especially as a "first" feature. The dude's got skill. I will be watching his next film just to see how he progresses in form. An IMDB review put it aptly when it said that this film needs cultural context to make sense. While I agree, I still think it's worth the hour for costume/scene design and the prowess of the "found footage" esthetic.
For some reason, the distillation of the image to be assisted by unruly, almost anarchic musical elements emphasises the complete youthful abandon of "the moment", so much so that the black holes of "the future" are as empty and void as they are in its harrowingly silent coda.
An incredible director who uses minimal elements to create a dance of the vision in which social, political and sentimental references offer a view of the youth reality of the era. Because of the importance that the soundtrack could be a perfect and dilated 'truth' video clip. The absence of smart-phones in the interpersonal relationships makes this film even more romantic today.
affibiategli pure tutti i significati che vi pare ma per me sto film è na rottura de cojoni per hipsterini infottati con la politica. La semi-scimmiottatura finale a quel capolavoro de ''L'eclisse'' poi è inconcepibile. Salvo solo un paio di pezzi della soundtrack e qualche trovata registica perchè il resto è nulla allo stato puro