1999. A few days before Thanksgiving. After a disastrous bank robbery attempt in Los Angeles fails, Bruce McGray hits rock bottom. He longs to leave everything behind and start a new life. ... See full summary »
1999. A few days before Thanksgiving. After a disastrous bank robbery attempt in Los Angeles fails, Bruce McGray hits rock bottom. He longs to leave everything behind and start a new life. Maybe even in the place in South America so vividly described in an unknown woman's diary: An abandoned orange grove on the coast of Columbia. When he finds several disturbing photos in the book, for some reason they seem familiar to him and he senses he must somehow be connected to this mysterious young woman. Bruce has no idea that this book will bring his entire past into question. As federal authorities and the New York police close in, Bruce sets out on a desperate search to discover his true identity. Written by
I saw "South" in a Sneak preview yesterday, and was quite disappointed. As much as I sympathize with the filmmakers' endurance to finish their project over such a long period of time, I must say that the result does not make an entertaining film. There is a mysterious trauma from the past which lacks credibility, and side plots that seem to be going somewhere, but don't. The film leaves much of the backgrounds of its characters unexplained, but that feels like an oversight, rather than a clever stylistic device. Some of the actors are quite good, and the cinematography and music are alright, but the flow between scenes is not always smooth (maybe because of the endless production process). We constantly hear the protagonist's thoughts in a voice-over, which struck me as rather inelegant. This film wants to be art, but is mostly confusion. If you are looking for great alternative cinema, you may want to look somewhere else.
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