DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)

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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 janitor, and spends his spare time hanging out with his friend Israel (Raul Arevalo), who is coming to terms with his sexuality, and corresponding with his one-time girlfriend Natalia (Eva Pallaares), who is now attending college in Germany. Meanwhile, Jorge's brother Antonio (Antonio de la Torre) has stumbled into an unusual new relationship -- Antonio is in prison, and while assisting with a theater production being staged behind bars, he becomes infatuated with Paula (Marta Etura), who is both a cast member and a prisoner. Paula wants a baby despite the fact she's in jail, but Antonio isn't so sure he wants to be the father. AzulOscuroCasiNegro (aka DarkBlueAlmostBlack) was the first feature film from writer and director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo.


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Critic Reviews for DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

  • Director Daniel Sanchez Arévalo would have done well leaving a few subplots on the cutting-room floor. Quality almost always is better than quantity.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • Tells [a] ludicrously compact, aggressively 'heartfelt,' colorfully contrived story.

    Oct 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Writer/director Aravalo and a fine cast tell the story with great charm.

    Sep 13, 2006
  • The plotline's complexity is matched by the depth of the issues explored, with the cast uniformly coming up trumps.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)

  • Sep 30, 2008
    Beautifully filmed, nice score, well-acted. The characters are well developed and deep enough to be able to feel with them.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2008
    This is a movie about relationships -- relationships between family, between friends, between lovers, even one relationship where Jorge is trying to get his brother's girlfriend pregnant. The movie keeps you watching with its interesting concepts. I'm not sure if Jorge does learn a lesson or not by the end of the movie though.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2008
    It's frustrating how the dialogues tend to lack subtlety, therefore cheapening the emotional connection, but the characters are very well written and everyone gives a very good performance.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2008
    Why can't ALL movies possess such qualities?! Foreign films usually possess this sense of je ne sais quoi. Review TBA.
    Bannan i Super Reviewer

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