The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Surprising, invigorating and sharply frank.
Husson captures the restless rhythms of adolescence-the push-pull of angst and boredom, of self-consciousness and the yearning to lose oneself completely.
Remarkable for its shrugging attitude. Opposite in spirit to a shocker like Larry Clark's "Kids," "Bang Gang" doesn't aim to titillate or to alarm.
Husson's movie is as much a hormonal mess as its characters, but at least it favors heart over hard-ons.
That self-correcting title, balancing aggressive come-on with wistful parenthesis, is about right.
A quietly chilling look at the sex lives of a group of bored high-school students.
Bang Gang's shock value comes from the sense of the audience being included in something private, in joining in with some middle-class French kids learning about themselves through sexual play.
It is, however, a stunning and realistic portrait of finding oneself between the abyss of childhood and adulthood with a future that doesn't necessarily end in happily ever after.
A reaffirmation of romantic values and mutual understanding, above communal failure, discouragement and a general sense of emptiness. [Full review in Spanish]
The cinematography manages to project the intimacy of this portion of life that these teenagers will remember as a dream. [Full review in Spanish]
If the Bang Gang springs from loneliness and insecurity, why don't we see moments of vulnerability between any of the characters?
When she's at her sharpest, [director Eva Husson] permits both her characters and viewers free rein to think and feel their way through this particular moral maze as they see fit
Even if this cynical and moralistic drama is allegedly based on real events, it is really hard to believe that 16-year-old teenagers would engage so openly in those sort of sexual practices, and the narrative is also weakened by an irregular structure and obvious lack of focus.
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