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Americano functions both as an homage to Demy's famous parents, filmmakers Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy, and as a work that stands entirely on its own. The film is a deeply moving drama about inheritance and legacy that deftly mines the past of a true-life filmmaking family, while at the same time weaving a mesmerizing fictional narrative about coming to terms with unattended grief and uncomfortable pasts. The stellar cast includes, perhaps not incidentally, the children of famous film
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While Hayek isn't bad, Lola is a stock character, and very little that transpires after her arrival recovers the interest so beautifully constructed in the beginning.
It is wistful and nostalgic, and at the same time full of restless curiosity.
The film's appeal has less to do with plot than mood. Demy balances his father's romanticism and his mother's naturalism, taking cues from both.
Scenes of the director as a school-age boy in a Varda film are haunting, but end up simply sparking a desire to see Varda's work. It may take time for the son to catch his own wave.
The wounded characters eventually slouch toward redemption; the movie they're in, however, isn't nearly as lucky.
Americano, which Demy also wrote and stars in, is an ambivalent, occasionally touching work of homage to his parents, yet one whose clumsiness only underscores the superiority of their directly quoted films.
...if you can't get past the flaws, you could always rent it just to see Salma's exotic dance number.
A film with a compelling story (though far too dependent on a single character) fails to move its audience, even as its own scenes somehow fail to move their protagonist.
Demy leans heavily on a cinematic legacy that also seems to hold him back.
This odd hybrid of in-search-of-mother quest and lurid border-town pulp shows a humane intimacy mostly in touches borrowed from the filmmaker's estimable parents.
Often hypnotic, this small, well-acted piece focuses on a middle-aged man intent on fulfilling his departed mother's final wish.
- Lola: She talked about you everyday.
- Lola: I don't wanna talk, roller skate, or whatever with you.
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