Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Nothing will break your heart as much as watching this man, desperate to keep this woman in his life, waltzing around the room with a laptop in his arms while staring into her faraway eyes.
The director's discipline is remarkable, and also a bit constricting.
The insights about tech-enabled disconnections are hardly earth-shattering, but the nuanced performances find the emotional truth in every pixelated gaze.
Marques-Mercet and his actors establish an intimacy with the audience that's practically unique. Even if you love it only a little, not completely, you will probably remember "10,000 Km" for the rest of your life.
Well crafted and strikingly intimate ...
It's a decent critique of romance in the digital age -- until you realize how boring it is to watch people break up on Facebook.
"10,000KM" may make the case that even with the shortcut of technology, love still has trouble surviving long distances, but as cinema, it travels far.
Long distance relationships have a tendency to expose and magnify existing problems in romantic relationships. Such is the case for the lovers at the centre of Carlos Marques-Marcet's impressive, sensitive, and heartbreaking debut 10000 km.
By the end, we realize that the 10,000 kilometers have nothing to do with the physical distance between the two lovers and everything to do with the emotional gap that is created in their lives.
It's dramatized in cinematic, contemporary-seeming ways, with players who are authentic and beautifully specific.
What makes the film so disarming is the way Marques-Marcet confronts this decline with almost giddy fascination in their philosophical and artistic quandaries, but fully embraces his apprehension and vulnerability from a strictly sociological standpoint.
Despite Sergi and Alex's mutual vow that their separation will change nothing, this is an indie drama. These two are doomed. That sense of inevitability comes more from knowing genre convention than it does from anything about the actual characters
"10,000 Km" starts with Alex(Natalia Tena) and Sergi(David Verdaguer) having hot sex to start the day in Madrid. As they get ready which includes contemplating potential baby names and checking e-mail, Alex finds out she unexpectedly received a one year photography residency in Los Angeles which sure beats teaching English. The only thing is Sergi is not so quick to agree...
Told primarily through online posts and chats, "10,000 Km" seeks to show how we live our lives online; whatever that is supposed to mean. Sadly, dramatically and cinematically, this really does not work that well, as it is just serves to demonstrate the movie's low budget instead of fully exploring the interesting shifting dynamics of a long distance relationship, as Alex finds herself, away from Sergi's home turf. It does help that Natalia Tena gives such an excellent performance, however.
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