Mary Poppins Returns
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This lyrical and ethereal film mixes the stark style of a crime story into a love story, capturing the highs, lows and the deepest, darkest recesses of grungy, stoned teenage life
Joris-Peyrafitte shows confidence and talent beyond his years, with an artful eye for imagery and a truthful ear for dialogue.
Without any period-specific music to help establish a sense of time and place-a real cultural backdrop-even the setting remains a little fuzzy.
Much of the movie, from its attempts to capture the confusing exhilaration of youthful experience to its predictable progressive character dynamics, is labored.
The setup is common enough, but though you can check off the usual ingredients in what follows - sex, drugs, a glance at Kurt Cobain - this is the furthest thing from a social-issue teen drama.
Captures the dreamy intimacy of those teenage relationships where boundaries between friendship and love prove porous.
Writer and director Miles Joris-Peyrafittinto has so much to be proud of with his debut feature-length film.
As You Are provides a thoroughly engrossing cinematic meditation on friendship and love, all wrapped up in the guise of a police procedural.
Altogether lacking the magic of cinema.
Ultimately, what is most galling about As You Are is its feeling of remoteness even as it aspires to be intimate.
At more than 100 minutes, it feels an hour longer thanks to shots that linger far longer than they've served their purpose.
Plays at emotional authenticity on subjects such as bullying and repressed homosexuality, however its reliance on a cheap murder mystery plot reveals its true aims.
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