Damned Summer ★★

Making a film about generational aimlessness that doesn't feel aimless itself is a tough task. First-time feature filmmaker Pedro Cabeleira can't manage it here, resulting in a series of rather empty social interactions during the film's daytime scenes punctuated by showstopping, endless party scenes during the nights. The structure is inevitably moralistic, positing the pursuit of pleasure as a problem that impedes happiness in other facets of life. This is disappointing... you'd hope for a young director to have more insight than this. It's that lack of perspective that makes me question Cabeleira's talent, no matter how enveloping those party scenes can get at times.