An unconventional portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood. Obliquely inspired by Bela Bartok’s sole opera, Bluebeard’s Castle is radically transposed within the alternating milieux of work and repose in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este.
Its title may be impossible to remember, but its images are impossible to forget. Gastón Solnicki’s third feature boasts a magnetic, drifting beauty as it navigates privilege in an exquisite choreography of bodies and spaces that feels at once meticulously orchestrated and remarkably alive.
The static camera is relentless, though the framing is interesting. The diving tower sign announces the story: "Children are the responsibility of their parents." Some segue listlessly from youth to adulthood; others are hostilely lost; some easily transition. The opera, "Bluebeard's Castle," is also about the influence of the past on the present. Wished for a bit more reason to care about these particular kids.
Impressive how so much can be said with so little dialogue. A truly dramatic story shown in a respectful and non-dramatic way.
The observing distant obsession with beauty and symmetry of the shots, beautifully reflects the disconnectedness of the protagonist. Not daring to jumpt of the diving board of childhood into adulthood, leading to the inevitable.