DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)
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DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)
A handful of young people try to sort out the complications of their relationships -- both romantic and familial -- in this comedy drama from Spain. Jorge (Quim Gutierrez) is a guy in his mid-twenties trying to get his life in order as he looks after his father Andres (Hector Colome), who has recently suffered a stroke. Relations are tense between Jorge and Andres, and Jorge thinks one of their arguments may have led to his father's illness. While Andres recovers, Jorge covers his shifts as a janitor, and spends his spare time hanging out with his friend Israel (Raul Arevalo), who is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Daniel Sanchez Arévalo would have done well leaving a few subplots on the cutting-room floor. Quality almost always is better than quantity."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"What could have seemed insufferably self-pitying becomes strangely moving instead -- a sign of a filmmaker placing his absolute trust in their material and coming up all the stronger for it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The actors form an appealing ensemble, bringing a warmth and appeal that make the film more compelling than its familiar themes might normally merit."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"A terrific debut from writer/director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Engaging, bittersweet and frequently laugh out loud funny, this is an enjoyable Spanish drama with strong performances and a subtle but effective message."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Bifurcated images, isolating the characters from their dreams and from one another, create a yearning atmosphere that pulls you in; like their director, you really want them to escape."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Writer/director Aravalo and a fine cast tell the story with great charm."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"The plot of Spanish director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's well-acted feature debut is the kind that his countryman Pedro Almodovar would imbue with bold colors, acid humor and perhaps a headstrong transvestite."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"It's a well-acted soap with one too many plot lines, tied together by genteel audio-visual sutures and supported by the brittle metaphor of its title."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"There's an impressive, careful complexity to DarkBlueAlmostBlack that belies the inexperience of first-time director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo."
‑ Martha Fischer, Cinematical
"Tells [a] ludicrously compact, aggressively 'heartfelt,' colorfully contrived story."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"The plotline's complexity is matched by the depth of the issues explored, with the cast uniformly coming up trumps."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Daniel Sanchez Arevalo makes an impressive feature debut with this thoughtful, mordantly funny, deeply human film."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"This slice of quirky life story about a classy, unattainable suit in a store window, is one classy movie as well, ennobling its host of eccentric and tragic, yet determined and struggling, vividly realized characters."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Sanchez Arevalo is a worthwhile addition to the growing ranks of providers of solid and entertaining stories taken from life, as seen through a melodramatic prism."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net