Dark Blue, Almost Black (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

Original title:  Azuloscurocasinegro

Spain, 2006.  Canal+ España, Televisión Española, Tesela Producciones Cinematográficas.  Screenplay by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Sudsy melodrama about an ambitious young man who longs to accomplish more than his janitor father before him. After an act of rebelliousness puts Jorge’s father in critical condition and he must take over for him at the apartment building he works at, our hero seems poised to never achieve his dreams until a few changes happen: his childhood girlfriend comes back from abroad and reignites their old passion, and Jorge’s brother meets a woman named Paula in prison and longs to have a baby with her after he is released and she remains incarcerated. His brother Antonio, however, turns out to have a low sperm count, and asks our protagonist to be the one to go on “face to face” visits with Paula and impregnate her. Where this all heads is complicated soap opera, one that is heavily contrived but not without its charms, particularly in the subplot of Jorge’s sexually confused best friend Israel who strikes up a relationship with a rub-and-tug masseur. The performances are terrific even when the script and direction are lax.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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