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I saw this movie yesterday at the official premiere at the Rotterdam
Film Festival in Holland. I didn't know anything beforehand, and i was
blown away. The film is a strange mix; it includes romantic elements,
horror. Kisses and love, but also blood and death. And it's told in a
straightforward manner, as if this all was very normal and like every
film is made like this.
I don't wanna give too much away, but in involves falling in love with a vampire. Highly original.
Beautiful style and cinematography. Every shot was gorgeous. Shame about the music, which was too attention grabbing and melodramatic.
The child actors were very good. Also in the minor parts.
I never before saw a child covered with blood. And kissing. And yes, it's disturbing sometimes, but no, this is no exploitation. It's heartfelt and beautiful. I don't know the book on which this is based. Probably, if you're from Sweden, know the book and envisioned it for yourself, it will be different.
I visited the world premiere of this film at the Rotterdam Film Festival
The Netherlands, and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't know anything
about the film, except that it was from Peru. It turned out to be a very
striking, powerful movie; mixing beautiful visuals with a simple story.
The film's about a young man, Santiago. He has served his time in the military, and the violence he has seen and experienced has affected him deeply. His whole generation has the same problem: they are veterans (but they're only 20-something years old) and have no work. Many of his friends turn to crime, but not Santiago. He starts to work as a taxidriver in Lima, and the camera follows him several days. (the movie translates as 'Days of Santiago') We see how he deals with the world. Santiago is extremely paranoid and doesn't know how to interact with people. He meets a lot of girls, but doesn't know what to do or say. His experiences in the army, although they are never shown in flashback, have left marks.
The film is visually original; color mixes with black-and-white. But this is no gimmick, it helps to illustrate the inner struggle of Santiago.
The acting is superb, especially from Pietro Sibille as Santiago.
The story is based on real life experiences from a veteran, and many things really happened. The director, Josue Mendez, who was present at the Rotterdam Film Festival, explained that there are lots of guys like Santiago in Peru, a whole 'lost generation', forced in joining the military at a young age, and having a hard time dealing with society when they return. However, a large part of the film focuses on Santiago's family, and that part is entirely fictional. Of course, you can't help but thinking about 'Taxi driver', Scorsese's famous movie, which also centers around a taxi driver who has emotional problems and can't deal with the world. However, the films are incomparable, because the style and substance are very different. 'Dias de santiago' will probably never be as well-known as 'Taxi driver', but it certainly deserves to be. See it, when you have the chance.
This is without doubt one of the most convincing and impressive
documentaries I have ever seen. It is very in-your-face and not subtle,
you might not agree with the message (consumerism is bad), but anyone
have to admit that this film is very, very well made.
It's form is highly original. For example, there's a quick montage of the world's leaders (Bush, Blair, Poetin, Chirac etc.), who's voices have been erased, and replaced by a new one, literally 'putting words in their mouths'. Great!
And I should mention the editing, which is in accordance with the images and music. The whole film playes like a musical piece, with repeting themes, set-ups and climaxes.
For the original form alone, you should see this when you have the chance. Even when you think capitalism is okay.
I have a very weird feeling about this movie. The opening scene was great;
first Travolta's monologue, then the slow-motion explosion. That got my
attention. But the rest of the movie I almost fell asleep. The plot was so
predictable and unbelievable, I couldn't believe it. The movie looked
for example: the scene with the flying bus was awesome.
The acting wasn't very important in this film and not very interesting either. Travolta keeps showing up in horrible movies lately, Jackman hasn't made a good film as far as I know etc. I don't understand why Don Cheadle participated in this film. He had a minor role as a cop, not very challenging I suppose. He must've been paid very well.
Conclusion: an average film with great stunts. Next time, give Sena a script he can work with.