Movies that are slightly off.
A romantic comedy full a refreshing global perspective, SIDEWALLS is director Gustavo Taretto's clever and moving ode to the modern people and urban landscape of Buenos Aires. Martin is a neurotic web designer taking baby steps out of the isolation of his one-room apartment and his virtual reality. Mariana is an artist fresh out of a a long relationship. Her head is a mess, just like the apartment where she takes refuge. Martin and Mariana are perfect for each other-- they live in the same street, in opposite buildings, but they never meet. Can the movement of a modern city of three million people bring them together?
For most people, I think this will just be a charming and beautifully shot romantic comedy.
For people like me - neurotic, intensely observant introverts - watching this movie will be like looking in a mirror.
Our ‘round the world adventure yields yet another film that defies easy classification. It’s a Rom-Com without much Com. It’s a pure romance, but we don’t see any romance, just hope for it. It’s a social comment on our increasingly insular lives with an uncharacteristic spark of hope.
There are many things that I loved about Sidewalls; it’s unhurried pace, the tiny quirks of its characters, it’s beautiful architectural interludes, the way it completely captured just how awkward first dates can be when things just don’t click. Unfortunately there were an equal number of infuriating moments. Narration that over specifies things that are plainly seen, an often droopy woe-is-me…
Kurdt Attempts To March Around The World 2015 Challenge #3 - Argentina
Sidewalls is described as a romantic comedy but that's only true in the very loosest sense. This isn't like the kind of film you typically think of when the term 'romcom' comes to mind. While the film does revolve around two people who may be perfect for each other not quite being in the right place at the right time, there are no cliche stereotypes here and no laugh out loud moments. The film isn't awash with colour and there isn't a manic pixie dream girl or the perfect guy. Instead we meet Mariana and Martin, two listless, lost introverts that are both dealing with an existential crisis…
Part of the 2014 30 countries challenge, Film #9 - Argentina
What an odd film. It definitely isn't a typical romance or romantic comedy, so kudos for that. The characters are interesting enough I suppose, and its a good thing because it is all about the characters. The thing is that we don't get to know very much about them, or why they should get together. We follow each of the two characters as they go about their daily lives, and we have to figure the point is that they are going to get together or something. I think the problem is one of pacing. There is altogether too much time spent on scenes that should have been much shorter.…
Μικρή έλεγα πως θα γίνω αρχιτεκτόνισσα. Μετά μου είπαν ότι πρέπει να ξέρω πολύ καλά μαθηματικά και το μετάνιωσα. Στο μεταξύ έμαθα να σχεδιάζω και ας γνώριζα μέσα μου ότι ποτέ δεν θα έφτιαχνα κάτι δικό μου. Έτσι ξέμεινα να σχεδιάζω μικρές πόλεις με άσχημα "κουτιά" και άβολα μικρά παράθυρα και να φτιάχνω ιστορίες για τους ανθρώπους που κρύβουν μέσα τους.
Το medianeras είναι μια όμορφη ιστορία για αυτά τα άσχημα κουτιά που υπάρχουν γύρω μας, με τα κατεστραμμένα στηθαία, τα σαπισμένα κάγκελα, τα θλιβερά μικρά παράθυρα και τις ιστορίες που κρατάνε κρυφές από τα μάτια του κόσμου.
Ξαφνικά το κουτί μου δεν μοιάζει τόσο άσχημο, γιατί έχω πολλά παράθυρα ζωγραφισμένα στους τοίχους του, που βλέπουν τέτοιες πόλεις με κρυφές ιστορίες.
Α, ώστε για αυτό το λάτρεψα.
Every person eventually reaches a certain age where he or she finds it increasingly difficult to fall in love. The age is different for each person and factors that affect the age are extroversion v. introversion, work environment, and personal outlook on the nature of the world. It seems that our main protagonists Martin and Mariana have reached this age. They each know the stings of failed affairs and even experience new flames over the course of the film. I recently saw a quote by Emery Allen that directly pertains to both of them. "Not everything is supposed to be become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is…
Interesting, but had the potential to be a lot better.
Um filme sobre nós, sobre o mundo. Buenos Aires é o pano de fundo, mas essa história poderia se passar em qualquer metrópole. São Paulo, Nova York, Londres, Paris, Seul, não importa! Trata-se de uma história sobre estar conectado, mas não relacionado. Sobre as vezes se sentir só mesmo vivendo em uma cidade com milhões de pessoas. Um bom exemplar do cinema argentino.
A great drama with a lot of architectural reflections..
(on the off chance that you were wondering what the cinematic equivalent of Los Hermanos would look like)
fofinho muito fofinho parece um rocambolezinho
Sidewalls begins with a montage and voice over presenting the idea that the alienating face of modern cities is what creates such malaise in the citizens that life in there. That the lack of cohesion and planning in structures that vary in size, shape, aesthetic and function block out everything and cause people to be isolated at home in the one place where they feel like they belong making them start to become so utterly alone. It is an interesting idea, one that director Gustavo Taretto makes good use of with the two characters Mariana and Martin whose neuroses and phobias seem to have been fashioned as a result of the urban sprawl of Buenos Aires.
But that ideology can…
Fue muy linda y relajante de ver como lo fue de escuchar. Además, toda la perspectiva ansiosa-introvertida está bien realizada.
Pilar y Javier hacen una de las parejas más bonitas que he visto en el cine.
También es imposible no reconocer a Inés Efron o su voz después de ver una película donde actúa, así tenga 5 años más.
Apart from a web designer that looks at his keyboard while typing, this one was pretty true to what it tried to present.
Buenos Aires sure is a city with high contrasts, Medianeras proves us that. Even without portraying extreme poverty, it was right on point when talking about a decaying city through its dialogue and scenes.
Teaming with My Sassy Girl (2001) as a pretty decent romcom where hope in love is ultimately achieved, it made even chronic power shortages look corny. This was a weird anxious combination for me.
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