PAFF 2013 Review - Juan Andrés Arango's Quietly Absorbing 'La Playa D.C.'

From Shadow and Act Sun Feb 10 2013, 20:13:59

Juan Andrés Arango's La Playa D.C. is a familiar tale wrapped in different packaging, we could say, which speaks to the commonly-held belief that, once you strip away what lies at the surface of any work of film art, and get to its core, you'll find themes that are universal. Of course I knew that already; I preach that on this site regularly; However, at times, as a writer who thinks and writes critically about cinema, I often fall into the habit of intellectualizing what I see, instead of just responding viscerally. The film centers on Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager struggling with the difficulties of growing up in a city (Bogota) of...

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