Considering this being a film by the man who made the excellent «Carancho», the white elephant is both pale and slow moving. The big budget and a great cast only underlines the lack of a good script and creative direction.
Trapero aims big here. He's gunning for GOD and tackles faith, corruption, poverty, purpose and mortality all at the same time. It's a lot to take in as we zig-zag through the slums of Buenos Aires with a multitude of characters and side plots. The performances are fine but we never spend enough time with any one individual to truly develop empathy and by the end are no closer to understanding why? 3 stars
Not sure what the aim of this film is and not even sure what kind of questions it could raise. It shows tough dangerous Argentinian slums where two priests fight for the inhabitants but even their religious message gets lost in the story. It’s a pity as the set was impressive with this huge deserted unfinished hospital building.
I need to watch some Disney after this!! as a Latino, I am more than familiar with the drug/poverty/religion dynamic. This one is a sorrowful eulogy to theology of liberation. Lots of questions raised. Realistic, no punches pulled. Not for the faint of heart or prudish. Parts of the music are beautiful folk and others are by Michael Nyman, surprise!