Drifting from fiction to documentary, Greatest Hits tells the story of Emilio, a man in his fifties who shows up at the family home after fifteen years of absence. His wife and his ...
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Drifting from fiction to documentary, Greatest Hits tells the story of Emilio, a man in his fifties who shows up at the family home after fifteen years of absence. His wife and his twenty-eight year old son receive him with bitterness and confusion. After a couple of days they decide to kick him out, only to find out that he has left on his own accord. The son ends up tracking down Emilio and spends a couple of days hanging out with him in his apartment.Written by
I saw this movie at Copenhagen Film-festival (CPH PIX), and even though I had no expectations going in, I was really bored throughout.
The story is about a poor family, where the son tries to make money by selling burned copies of a "Greatest Hits"-album with love songs. But for some reason, he memorizes all the songs (and their order), so he can recite them to potential customers. But we never actually see him trying to sell an album, only countless scenes of him sitting and reciting the song-titles. This happens so many times, that you're fed up by the end.
At one point, an old man appears in their apartment, being the long-lost deadbeat-dad, returned after 15 years absence or so. They sit around doing nothing, argue a bit, and then they go on a short trip to a nice place in the country. But when they're finally there, the dad insists on them leaving after 5 minutes, because one of his friends needs something from him. The entire 5 minutes are spent with him sitting in his car, staring out of the window... and we just sit there as well.
Midway through the movie, the director suddenly starts talking to the main characters for some reason, and it looks like a documentary. But it doesn't happen again, so the continuity is totally off, which seems very weird.
Sometimes the plot was kind of hard to follow as well, as they jump back and forth in locations, without any coherence. I liked the characters, even if they were playing themselves (?) - but overall, the movie was really boring and went nowhere.
So, Greatest Hits - I don't think so..
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