Milla ★★½

Perhaps this is simply an aesthetic agenda in search of a more potent form of expression, but even once I felt that I understood Massadian's m.o., I found myself questioning her choices. The film starts rather beautifully, elevating the quotidian existence of its downtrodden characters and begging us to hold our gaze until we can recognize beauty. Costa does something similar, I'd say, but it's hard to imagine that Costa would ever be so indulgent as this film's third act is... Once narrative incident rears its head here, it doesn't problematize the idealization that's come before, but only momentarily disrupts it, before retreating into what feels like a frankly amateurish display of improvisational performance and a backtrack from anything that might approach social commentary.

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