DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black) (2006)
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Average Rating: 5.4/10
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A handful of young people try to sort out the complications of their relationships -- both romantic and familial -- in this comedy drama from Spain. Jorge (Quim Gutierrez) is a guy in his mid-twenties trying to get his life in order as he looks after his father Andres (Hector Colome), who has recently suffered a stroke. Relations are tense between Jorge and Andres, and Jorge thinks one of their arguments may have led to his father's illness. While Andres recovers, Jorge covers his shifts as a
Oct 19, 2007 Wide
Jan 8, 2008
Strand Releasing - Official Site
Director Daniel Sanchez Arévalo would have done well leaving a few subplots on the cutting-room floor. Quality almost always is better than quantity.
Bifurcated images, isolating the characters from their dreams and from one another, create a yearning atmosphere that pulls you in; like their director, you really want them to escape.
Tells [a] ludicrously compact, aggressively 'heartfelt,' colorfully contrived story.
What could have seemed insufferably self-pitying becomes strangely moving instead -- a sign of a filmmaker placing his absolute trust in their material and coming up all the stronger for it.
Writer/director Aravalo and a fine cast tell the story with great charm.
The plotline's complexity is matched by the depth of the issues explored, with the cast uniformly coming up trumps.
The actors form an appealing ensemble, bringing a warmth and appeal that make the film more compelling than its familiar themes might normally merit.
The plot of Spanish director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's well-acted feature debut is the kind that his countryman Pedro Almodovar would imbue with bold colors, acid humor and perhaps a headstrong transvestite.
Daniel Sanchez Arevalo makes an impressive feature debut with this thoughtful, mordantly funny, deeply human film.
It's a well-acted soap with one too many plot lines, tied together by genteel audio-visual sutures and supported by the brittle metaphor of its title.
This slice of quirky life story about a classy, unattainable suit in a store window, is one classy movie as well, ennobling its host of eccentric and tragic, yet determined and struggling, vividly realized characters.
Engaging, bittersweet and frequently laugh out loud funny, this is an enjoyable Spanish drama with strong performances and a subtle but effective message.
There's an impressive, careful complexity to DarkBlueAlmostBlack that belies the inexperience of first-time director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo.
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