Now & Later [Blu-ray]
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But aside from the nudity and surprisingly graphic nature of what goes on, there's so much more here. There's a political message that needs to be told, and it's delivered with a calm and easy hand.
The heroine (Now) is a creature of intelligence, genuine love and simple, unquestioning compassion the likes of which one seldom finds in film, or for that matter in life. The leads in this small cast effort let loose and express real emotion in a way that almost convinces you that they're lovers in real life, though they only met after being cast.
Writer and director Phillipe Diaz has created a small masterpiece. The scenes are long and languid, the script is conversational - this is how people actually talk to each other. Above all else it's difficult to imagine another actress bringing this story to life as exquisitely as Shari Solanis, whose performance is worthy of an Academy Award, though this will never happen.
Very, very highly recommended to those with open minds and open hearts. I can honestly say that after watching film both as entertainment and as an essential art form for over four decades, I've never seen anything quite like it. Unforgettable. Perhaps even a turning point in contemporary cinema.
They spend a lot of time on the roof of her building at night, looking down at the festering city below. He comes from wealth and privilege, she comes from Nicaragua and extreme hardship. She is radiant and gorgeous, and he is wounded and condemned. She feels compassion for him, even though he represents much of what she despises about the US. Her kindness is unbounded, and she attempts to renew in him a sense of purpose and future. Her sexual favors are just part of a series of efforts to make the fugitive feel whole again. The fugitive character is kind of repressed and vanillafied, but I think that was by design. He's the standard investment-banker-sleaze stereotype from a Connecticut McMansion, and she's an authentic and robust jewel straight from heaven. But she does not judge him harshly or condescend. She understands his path. This is a movie which is ultimately most about compassion.Read more ›
In the other corner, Angela, champion of free love and social justice, the illegal immigrant offering him shelter for a few days in her gorgeously hippie-styled penthouse flat on top of a derelict hotel, where both the toilet and the shower are completely open-plan and in plain view of everything else, and where part of the neon sign of the hotel serves as lighting for the single room. That room alone is reason enough to watch the movie.
Angela embarks on the re-education of banker Bill, trying to reconvert him into a useful member of society - although it will have to be the society of a different country, as the US authorities want him locked up. With her priorities firmly on her sensual desires, she goes in for the sex first, fitting in the political education later.
To me, as someone who has essentially grown up with the Nicaragua solidarity movement, her political lecturing was a tad over-familiar, although I appreciate that the vast majority of the US audience will not know (or in fact believe, if told) that the CIA sold arms to Iran to finance the removal of a democratically elected government in Nicaragua (it's called the Iran-Contra affair, look it up). This scandal, which was exposed in November 1986, is kind of hard to reconcile with the prevailing US ideology that "we're the good guys", but I can confirm that it is true, I was alive (and young and angry) when it happened.Read more ›
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