From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: From Afar is narratively elliptical to a fault, but for patient viewers willing to allow the story to unfold at its own unhurried pace, the end result is its own absorbing reward.

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Armando, a 50 year old man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 year old boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

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[Pablo Larrain's] performance here further advances his standing as contemporary cinema's gray little nothing of an answer to the Everyman.

Jul 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Vigas tries every trick in the arthouse book - long silences, meaningful looks, out-of-focus imagery - to sell his story.

Jun 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A tightly coiled, beautifully acted relationship study that occasionally swerves in the direction of a gangland thriller ...

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Carefully composed, shot in the usual gray and mustard digital palette, the film deals in small slivers of information.

Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Almost aggressively unconvincing ...

Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A relationship drama with societal implications, Desde Allá (From Afar) hails from afar - specifically, from Venezuela - and marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas.

Jun 8, 2016 | Full Review…
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While extremely telling as a visual piece of work, the script is unfortunately not so consistent, especially as the characters' motivations become too implausible. Full review on filmotrope. com

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