Shot like a documentary, everything about this film is understated and subtle, everything but the quiet river of isolation running beneath it. Everyone has felt alienated & lost at some point, to the point of willing to do anything to lose that feeling, but in the end sense prevails and roots grow, and I feel this is what happens with the main character, for the future can be anything, but it will roll on regardless.
'The Future Perfect' takes on the dreams and desires of the uprooted, the ones unfamiliar with the language they must learn yet attempting nonetheless to imagine the possible futures it allows. It's a film of halting conversation, portrayed as frustrating yet far more lyrical than seems possible, as the central character conceives of situations in which she, for instance, foils a robbery and fools some forgotten cat.
Interesting, wry, and occasionally moving take on a timely subject. In theme and acting style it reminded me a bit of Pedro Costa's post-2000 work. But while most movies suffer from the opposite problem, much of The Future Perfect just felt too muted and modest. Ultimately the thoughts and sensations of the movie just kind of ran off me.
A key device here is that that that the Spanish a Chinese immigrant to Argentina is learning in her language class structures her story. It certainly captures the feeling of an adult language class, and at other points reaches for more meta-comments on communication, how we present ourselves, and how learning a new language affects us. It also has fun with grammar, and that doesn't happen very often.
Really enjoyed this. Skilfully captures the initial sense of anxiety and dislocation that comes with emigration and the curiosity and comfort that develops as time passes. Quietly touching and funny with charming performances from all the cast and the lead in particular. A lovely film.
Language is really the main protagonist in this film, and grammar is its plot. It is not a coincidence that native speakers stay barely visible as individual human beings, except of course for the brilliant part played by Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. This latter episode holds the key to the witty design.
Al ver esta película no te queda nunca claro si estás viendo un documental o una ficción, y esa es su mayor baza. Te presenta con un realismo total ciertos dramas de la integración que, por no tener una carga trágica tan alta como otros, pasan muy desapercibidos.
The discovery of a language as the discovery of a new self.Growing up as a set of infinite possibilities.With characters who don't know who they are or who they'll be & with Wohlatz filming them as performers(of languages,of ethnicities,of identities), the result is unnecessarily alienating.Shouldn't issues of identity be anchored to characters & not tied to a formalist approach that treats them as abstract concepts?
This short, quiet study of a Chinese immigrant (sometimes painfully) trying to thrive as a fish out of water in Argentina is one of those films that should be required viewing for Xenaphobes who like to scream about building walls... hackers, maybe we could hijack their NASCAR broadcasts and show them beautiful gems like this instead?,
Excellent. Intelligent, compassionate and playful. Nice device coming from language class and increasing complexity and possibility to express and have dialogue. It's doen well Also a bit mysterious and quirky here and there, but not in a silly way that spoils things. Super cast, unusual, natural. (obviously!)
Interesting study on living abroad, language and the learning process, the inevitable misunderstandings with all the strange - sometimes sad, and sometimes ridiculous consequences . All this comes with just about right amount of humour. Having studied linguistics and spending more than a decade abroad, I have to say this film faithfully communicates that feeling of confusion, loneliness, learning, and exploration.
Awkward film entrenched in a genre of its own where nothing happens and little is said, a film that meanders through vaguely drafted concepts of identity and belonguing. Using a string of non-professional (of course, who else) actors here adds an extra layer of discomfort, their deadpan performances make you wonder what they actually put in the water. Remarkable in its own insubstantiality.
A young Chinese immigrant to Argentina struggles to adapt to the society with her biggest obstacle being the language. She works hard to learn Spanish which is the key for her to get work, fit in with others around her and ultimately to find happiness. It's amazing how much simple communication plays such a vital part in our lives. At a little over an hour, this is a fascinating and well paced short film.
I like that kind of films. At first, it may seem as if main character and generally everybody is strange or bizzare. However, as soon the film ends You realize that if fact all of us have dreams that may be strange for other people and we do not live ideal tv soap opera's life.