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An immensely likable movie, impeccably acted and wise about the nature of exile.
Exquisitely lovely, confoundingly dreary.
If director-co-writer Karim Aïnouz has set out to depict soulless gay lives, he has more than succeeded.
Aïnouz ends his film with a poetic flair that feels right. You have to just let it wash over you, like the waters of a familiar beach.
Its considerable satisfactions ... come mainly from the way the story is told, which spells nothing out, and in fact is so reticent that the viewer is constantly drawn into the creation of meaning.
Balancing its abstract storytelling with commanding visuals (by the gifted cinematographer Ali Olcay Gözkaya), "Futuro Beach" explores liberation and reinvention, the tug of familiarity versus the allure of the foreign.
But if you can't find happiness either on a beautiful but frequently lethal beach or a bustling but grim Berlin, where can you? Futuro Beach doesn't know, either.
Some viewers will find the measured ebb and flow of emotions in the film frustrating, particularly in the metaphor-heavy final segment - but if you're willing to go with the flow, this study of emotion develops and maintains a sensual, sensory intensity.
There's just not enough going on in this photogenic wisp of a film to give the audience much to care about.
With an approach that emphasises internal feelings and character journeys, over more obvious things like narrative structure and story arcs...
Futuro Beach resists easy definition; life is full of blurred lines and Aïnouz knows it.
Karim Aïnouz's film is a beautifully shot, melancholy meditation on identity, loneliness and love.
A hypnotizing visual experience with an indelible score but whose abstract way to approach its story makes it difficult for us to connect to the characters in an emotional level, being a romance that lacks passion and subtlety to deal with its themes even though they are there.
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