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A brilliant piece of work from a 28 year old Argentine director who knows his subject, BRAIN DRAIN, aka "Fuga de Cerebros" is a comprehensive, thought provoking film which not only addresses American cultural supremacy in today's & yesterday's Argentina (a reality long ignored by a country so boastful of its "European-ness", a myth this country loves selling to the world) but also explores alienation, poverty, love and racism among other topics. Technically sound, and featuring powerful performances from teenage actors, the picture excels in its realistic, crude view of the lot of Buenos Aires' disadvantaged youth, not unlike what exists in the Western world's other great metropolises, European and American alike.
This film also follows in the tradition of Los Olvidados and Rodrigo D.
that it attempts to link the audience to the point of view of poor urban
youth. It succeeds in creating sympathy for the characters but it makes
mistake of looking for looking for more.
The omnicent point of view is intermingled with characters' daydreams and nightdreams and thus it's hard to get a consistent message across; as an audience I ended up unsure of the depth of each character and whether I was to find them believable; I found myself not liking the ending because it was too conclusive.
I think that this movie had to be similar to the excellent low-budget film "Pizza, Birra, Faso", because they have the same theme (marginal boys trying to survive), but this one did not completely satisfy my expectations. Why is that?: First, because is not so realistic as the other; second, because there are some things in the plot that I think that didn´t work (eg: the dreams that one of the boys had with a girl - they are totally out of context); Finally because the movie´s ending is very excessive. Despite what I have written, it´s a limited but interesting film, and a good attempt at an original movie. I think it's worth a look. I give this title a 6.5 out of 10.
It´s really one of the worst Argentine movies of all times. I have almost never seen something like this before. It pretends to put in a mirror a bunch of kids with broken homes, money troubles, showing they still have dreams. All this movie shows real life in a very fake way, I just don´t buy the way leather jackets actors behave.
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