I know a thing or two about a thing or two.
Nothing's okay and it never will be. To send a man back into society worse off than he was sentenced away from is a crime in and of itself, institutional ritual/adherence to improper procedure making worse exactly what state these individuals will be re-released back into the world as. "Those gates only open three times," and what's meaningful on the outside isn't privy to those particulars. You'll never see each other again once the scheme is fully enacted, what's inflicted…
"If she means that much to you..."
Incapability rooted in design of profession and what reliably leads you astray. Rare-ish outlier in the Ridley gamut but Berenger and Bracco kill it. Trust no one whilst simultaneously trusting everyone because you need connection defined by indiscretion and/or you're a schmuck? Purely, straightly satisfying but only to the mildest degree.
Undeniably messy and misanthropic as it embraces ironically nihilistic throughlines regarding the unsavory nature of humanity in a specific time and place as a fictional pre-Vietnam microcosm of societal dysfunction and depravity. As Campos' first larger-budget ensemble outing, there's indeed the aforementioned messiness but this rests firmly in his wheelhouse as something obviously dour and godless, and to be honest, he kinda knocks it outta the park. If you wanna watch pretty people looking ugly-ish and absolutely not practice what…
Anguish worsened through a new impossibility of prior permanence. The central conceit here, that a man has essentially fallen out of love with his best friend and remains firm in this disenchantment's maintenance is genuinely upsetting, thanks largely to the isolative milieu that limits these individuals to what they're forced to reckon with over and over and over again until there's nothing left to reckon with on this proper shit non-idyll. Really locks you into a state so telling of precisely why this place and these people could use something this drastic to shake things up despite the sadness coinciding with the death of everything.