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This debut feature from director Jonas Carpignano is often both harrowing and moving though this film festival favorite...falls short of some of the similar, and even more tragic, stories that can be heard just by turning on the news.
It's a slow-burn study in feeling powerless and unwelcome, anchored by Seihon's performance as a man patient and adept at sussing out and adapting to what others need until he just can't do it any longer.
This is a story packed with the sort of heartbreak and worry that would be hard to sit through were it not for American director Jonas Carpignano's touching, tender narrative skill.
Offers a deliberately muted, finely textured account of the ordeals many Africans endure both before and after voyages to Europe in search of better lives.
Carpignano glosses over much of the sociopolitical context in his depictions of the chain of events.
This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.
A destabilizing operation operates raw, despite its latent violence as a continuum in which images, sequences and ellipses occur fluidly, deftly staggered, linked, linked, without ever splicing. [Full review in Spanish]
A worthy heir of Italian neorealism with real locations, a naturalistic scene, nonprofessional actors and a handheld camera that closely follows the adventures of migrants. [Full review in Spanish]
Mediterranean [is] a beautiful, tough-to-take look at the plight of migrants. It's also a bit of a wrist slap, and a necessary one.
There are few films that navigate the refugee experience in recent years that operate with the same attention to detail.
A timely humanistic immigration film.
Though realized with great empathy and tact, the film fails to convey the catastrophic extent of the situation it addresses by keeping its narrative too tightly focused.
Carpignano's debut is sensitive to tackle this delicate subject matter with the objectivity that it deserves, offering a realistic look at the difficult life of African migrants in Europe and achieving an honest note of sadness in the end without any need of sentimentality to move us.
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