DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)
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DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black)
After his father has a stroke, Jorge is forced to take over his job. He has spent the last few years working hard, caring for his father and finishing college, but now he wants to strike out on his own. Through his brother Antonio, he meets Paula, a woman with whom he develops an unusual relationship. Through her, Jorge learns to stop feeling responsible for everything and finally confront his own wishes, ignoring what the world expects of him. As a result everything should change for Jorge--but it may not.
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