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A visually interesting, well-acted and economical movie that ought to work yet doesn't gel as a complete experience.
A quick, quiet movie that distills Lima, Peru, to a downtrodden version of its more dynamic current self.
There is much observation of local detail and an overpowering sense of the oppressiveness of urban poverty, but the film never quite gets airborne.
The Vegas, having pared their script to the bone - there are no speeches and not a line of exposition - hew to the less is more school of art-film realism.
"Octubre" has the feel of something Jim Jarmusch might have made in his early years -- lots of dark humor that you'll think of in the middle of the night, and laugh about.
A dolorous debut from the Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega and an oblique reminder that one person's fantasy can be another's nightmare -- at least at first glance.
It is through its loving attentiveness to words and silences that the movie draws us closer and closer into its universal theme.
Too rapid a departure from convention will leave audiences adrift in this dark comedy.
'Miracles come true in October'-- both month and film -- not as melodrama but in the quiet way that reflects the emotions of three adults around an infant.
It's slowly heart thawing, with a tone so droll that even one of the characters is wheeled in and out, comatose.
In this Peruvian film, an isolated male lone shark and a devout Catholic woman yearn for miracles to turn their empty lives around during a religious holiday.
Not a lot happens in Octubre - and yet lives change. Worlds change...has a Jim Jarmusch quality of deadpan wit and cinematic restraint.
A subtle and well crafted dark comedy about a loan shark whose life is stuck in a rut until he finds a newborn baby abandoned in his bedroom, a product of a liason with a prostitute. Uses deadpan humor to shade its tale of redemption with humanity and understated emotion. An unexpected joy.
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