Another strong film from the South American selections of Mubi, however I feel there is something lacking at the end of this work which holds it back from greatness. Perhaps not heavy enough or not light enough and too much in between. Nevertheless, the highlight is Troncoso, who seems incredibly underrated as an actor. His work in this and other Mubi selections proves he should be an international star.
Set in a small town in Uruguay (I believe it's one of Uruguay's poorest areas), this film tells a sad story about poverty and mainly hope, dreams, and the harsh reality of the world we live in. Very good cast and naturalistic acting. There are humorous elements, I wouldn't call this film a comedy though.
Poignant for the socio-economic impact of large scale events, such as religious gatherings and sport tournaments. Simple working class hardships are left void by the expectations of hopes and dreams. Depressing, especially considering Brasil 2014 WC. Yet the characters are likeable, each one of them, and sweeping, moving shots of the border/countryside really places the viewer in their world.
I loved the spirit of the film. The timeless parable of the Haves and Have Nots. The symbol of the modest bicycle and cyclists who share and support each other contrasting with the only character in the film who has a car, the selfish capitalist. The film has a positive ending, almost similar to the ending of the Italian Job - We live in hope! The irony of course being that the Pope is the richest of them all.