laura’s review published on Letterboxd:
falling in love with rafael casal in bad education is what finally pushed me to watch this but omg this film is so fucking smart & i can’t wait to rewatch it.
the biggest thing that stuck out to me the whole time was the reoccurring oak tree metaphors; how the white people of oakland all viewed the oak trees that were cut down as a loss to the community. how they then used trees as a symbol or token of what once was in their art, or as decor in their homes. because to them, that is their biggest loss. and by showcasing their appreciation for the oak trees, they’re able to mask the destruction they are actually responsible for.