I appreciated this film a lot. The focus of the story is a quiet, shy
person named Jorge who has a connection with a new waitress at the
diner where he works as a dishwasher. Every night, he goes home to a
small sad apartment where a man "lives". Note: in my opinion, this man
is a hallucination, and Jorge likely has some serious PTSD or other
debilitating psychological problem.
His problem is an allegory for the choking man.
At one "explosive" point in the movie, he does something that frees
him, and he banishes his demons. However, working up to that point, he
appears painfully shy, possibly homicidal at times (because he cannot
express what he wants to say/do) and at the very least very angry or
desperate. But how he reacts is to quietly observe, dash away, hide,
and wait to be found.
I loved the story unfolding, I loved the odd daydream-like animations
(note, many of the animations flow into "demon" shapes, and his
hallucinatory "roommate" has some perverse sexual imagery that Jorge
tries hard to block out, but the animations are otherwise about bunnies
and sweet things.) Score is great, as has been mentioned.
I thought this actor was extraordinarily good with a part that has very
little speaking. This is a guy who can act with this eyes. Supporting
cast is appropriate, desperate, have small stories that are additive
and round it out.
Good film if you like awkward, flawed characters. It's just stories
about sweet, flawed folks playing out over a Thanksgiving. That's what
was so great. I don't think the fact that many are "immigrants" is
important in the story, they just happen to have accents, and it adds
to the sweetness..
I understand, but I don't know
I understand the premise, the characters, the gritty realism, but what
I don't understand what this movie is about. During the film, I kept
thinking about how "In Between Days", also released this year, was a
far superior film about the immigrant experience. That film's overall
"alone in the world" sense was conveyed much better. I liked the
character of Amy, played by Ms. Yuan, but I don't feel enough was done
for her. The character of Jorge, while I understand his pathological
shyness, is annoying. I've been told this actor is good, and he
probably is, but this role does nothing for me. And, Mandy Patinkin,
usually so good, is completely wasted in his role. He is clearly a one
note performer in the role of the diner owner. I like that the film was
shot on location in Queens, applaud the effort the
writer/director/producer made, understand all the characters, but do
not like the film. I will, however, look for the films the two main
characters have been in. They have potential, but this film shouldn't
be the one they're most proud of..