Don't Look Down
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In a way, this sounds like a wonderful, sweet movie that most would enjoy. Sadly, it's pretty far from what happens in the film. The viewer is treated to some pretty awful film techniques, needless slow motion, bad editing, over use of tracking shots, and just plain poor story telling.
To read the marketing description a person would think this is a treatise on the Kama Sutra and Tantric. It is so not that at all. Yes there are very very intimate scenes, these two lovers are very handsome without their clothes on. But an exploration of these two techniques? What we are treated to is a count down by Elvira. How many times can Eloy thrust before his nirvana? We see this scene played over and over again with Eloy becoming obsessed with that count - he has to reach 81! The pay off is him being mentally transported to a new city whenever he's reached between 80 and 100. This is no joke, that's exactly what is said in the film.
The film is supposed to have some mystic level. Eloy communicates with his dead father. He rides his bike through a cemetary every day and the dead line up doing hand motions to him, which, well, vaguely resemble the motion of self pleasuring. The Grandmother is some mystic able to see auras arounnd people. And Eloy and Elvira seem to have some mystic ESP connection.Read more ›
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If you are ever thinking of buying a film of this sort, see if Amazon offers a trailer. It might give you some idea if you'll like it. If you are still not sure, you might be able to rent the film for a couple of bucks and watch it right on your computer screen. Enjoy
However, that said, I still rate Don't Look Down very highly. It is a Coming of Age story. The central character, an adolescent boy, is facing a double crisis in his life, which is the nexus of Death and Sex. His father has suddenly died which throws him into confusion, but happily he meets an older woman who initiates him into the pleasure and responsibility of sexual union. Note that second word - responsibility. This is not about casual sex, pleasure for pleasure's sake. It is about the role of sexual knowledge in
the growth of an individual to maturity, about its role in the development of his personality. The situation is clearly Freudian: there is a death wish and a life instinct. Which one will prevail? I am not giving away plot details in telling you it is the life instinct, literally embodied in sexual union, which triumphs.Read more ›
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No wonder it got so many awards. Loved the story and characters.Published 2 months ago by Justin Time
Was interesting also, beside the obvious, the fact of the young man crossing the class line.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Tyler
Well, I wasn't expecting this film to be so interesting & funny.
A pleasant surprise.
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