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Future Starts Slow: Scherson’s Adaptation a Densely Structured Puzzle For her third feature film, Chilean born director Alicia Scherson adapts cult Latin American author Roberto Bolano’s novel The Future, an Italian language oddity that’s basically a coming of age tale dressed up in a puzzling narrative of symbolism. Throw in a possible heist angle and you have what sounds like an instant cult item. While intriguing, and at moments, striking, there’s an unfortunate distance from the events and characters in Scherson’s film, and an undeniable indifference to what’s unfolding before us. Their parents having just died in a tragic car accident, Bianca (Manuella Martelli) and her brother Tomas (Luigi Ciardo) are left to fend for themselves. Thankfully, Bianca is of legal age and so has the option to be the legal guardian of Tomas, but must be responsible for him until he also comes of age. »

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