Octubre Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
It is through its loving attentiveness to words and silences that the movie draws us closer and closer into its universal theme.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 20, 2011
A visually interesting, well-acted and economical movie that ought to work yet doesn't gel as a complete experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 17, 2011
A quick, quiet movie that distills Lima, Peru, to a downtrodden version of its more dynamic current self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 7, 2011
There is much observation of local detail and an overpowering sense of the oppressiveness of urban poverty, but the film never quite gets airborne.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 27, 2011
Too rapid a departure from convention will leave audiences adrift in this dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 8, 2011
'Miracles come true in October'-- both month and film -- not as melodrama but in the quiet way that reflects the emotions of three adults around an infant.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 6, 2011
It's slowly heart thawing, with a tone so droll that even one of the characters is wheeled in and out, comatose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 6, 2011
The Vegas, having pared their script to the bone - there are no speeches and not a line of exposition - hew to the less is more school of art-film realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 6, 2011
"Octubre" has the feel of something Jim Jarmusch might have made in his early years -- lots of dark humor that you'll think of in the middle of the night, and laugh about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 5, 2011
A dolorous debut from the Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega and an oblique reminder that one person's fantasy can be another's nightmare -- at least at first glance.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 3, 2011
Though it holds your attention all the way through to an enigmatic, spiritually tinged climax, the movie leaves you wanting more than the Vega Vidals' secondhand artistry is able to provide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
There's a message here regarding loneliness and emotional isolation, but the movie's real miracle is that, however precious its premise, this slow-burning not-quite heart-warmer never succumbs to cuteness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 2, 2011
In this Peruvian film, an isolated male lone shark and a devout Catholic woman yearn for miracles to turn their empty lives around during a religious holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 2, 2011
Not a lot happens in Octubre - and yet lives change. Worlds change...has a Jim Jarmusch quality of deadpan wit and cinematic restraint.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2011
Octubre is a film about currency, but how money binds people to each other and how it enslaves them aren't ideas the Vargas brothers seriously work out.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
July 15, 2011
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