March 3, 2012
The emotional pull is enough to dismiss subtitles
SImply put, like the filmmaker's fellow countryman - Alfonso Cuaron, who's proven himself and concretized his aesthetic with each successive project (e.g. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, HARRY POTTER 3 (AZKABAN), CHILDREN OF GOD) - the long, winding takes balanced with the spare score just keeps you pulled in and engaged. Almost always having Laura leading the way, plot-wise and emotionally, the film makes you experience her innocence/ignorance slip away in the most bizarre reality. Subtle acting matched the violent flashes; what happens off-camera is sometimes worse than in front.
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