Sunday, 9 March 2008

Movie Reviews - La Strada, Dust to Dust

La Strada (The Road) (1954)


The story of a travelling entertainer and his young innocent apprentice. Compelling watching. The first Frederico Fellini movie I've seen.

Read about it here: http://djardine.blogspot.com/2006/06/la-strada-italia-1953-federico-fellini.html


Por la Libre (Dust to Dust) (2000)


The classic story of two people who hate each other and are forced to team up to get a job done and end up being best friends by the end of the movie. I've seen a few Hollywood cop flicks based on this premise.

Anyway, we have a slightly dysfunctional family in a Mexican city. A grandfather, his three kids and two grandsons - both cousins. The two cousins love their grandfather but hate each other. One is a modern sophisticated guy; the other seems to be a kind of anti-social loner who enjoys breaking traditions.

When their grandfather dies, they are the only two people in the family who want to respect his last wishes to throw his ashes to the Acapulco sea ASAP, even though the rest of the family don't show much interest. So they embark on a road trip. Along the way their enmity only seems to grow. They reach Acapulco (this town reminds me of Goa).

Once in the city, they meet certain 'acquaintances' of their late grandfather's, and that's where the story changes. The boys are forced to confront a hidden side of their grandfather's.

While the acting isn't perfect, I loved the way the movie portrayed the nature of relationships and how they can gradually change.
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6 comments:

Dan Jardine said...

Thanks for the link to my site, bud.

Daniel D'Mello said...

You're welcome, you've got some good write-ups and reviews on your blog. I'm following. How did you trace the link, by the way?

EvRosenrot said...

Actually, i liked "Por la libre", especially his soundtrack. Nice review.

Daniel D'Mello said...

Thanks Ev, I thought the acting was pretty natural too.

Dan Jardine said...

Daniel, I traced the link through my site meter, which indicated someone had followed your link to my site.

Daniel D'Mello said...

Cool, thanks Dan.

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