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Fresh-faced and naive, 17-year-old Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) arrives in Buenos Aires to search for his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade. The family had emigrated from Italy to Argentina, but with the great musical success of their father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), an acclaimed symphony conductor, the family moved from Argentina to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the volatile and melancholy poet Tetro (Vincent Gallo), he is not at all what Bennie expected. In the course of staying with Tetro and his girlfriend Miranda (Maribel VerdA), Bennie grapples with his brother and the haunting experiences of their shared past in this widely acclaimed film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.
Even assuming one agrees that Tetro is Francis Ford Coppola's "best since Apocalypse Now," as one pundit put it, that's not saying a whole lot--the three decades since the latter film, the culmination of a decade (the 1970s) in which Coppola also turned out the first two Godfather chapters and The Conversation, haven't exactly witnessed an unbroken string of artistic and commercial triumphs for the director-writer-producer. Still, Tetro, a breathtakingly gorgeous film addressing such timeless themes as dark family secrets and father-son rivalries, has a great deal going for it. As the story begins, soon-to-be 18-year-old Bennie Tetrocini (Alden Ehrenreich) finds himself in Buenos Aires, where the cruise ship on which he works has stopped for repairs. As it happens, that's also where his half-brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo), who now calls himself Tetro, lives with his smart, pretty girlfriend, Miranda (Maribel Verdu). But when Bennie appears at the couple's apartment, his reception isn't exactly warm and fuzzy. Tetro, an unfulfilled writer (he's "a genius without enough accomplishments," says Miranda), is an angry, bitter fellow who has long since ceased all contact with his family, admonishing his sibling that "in our family, love is a quick stab in the heart." Most of his rage is directed toward his father (Klaus Maria Brandauer, seen only in flashback), a world-famous symphony conductor and a profoundly conceited, cruel man, but there's more--much more, and as Tetro grudgingly lets Bennie into his life, shocking incidents and revelations of many long-hidden truths ensue. Most of this is presented in luminous black and white (the flashbacks are in color), courtesy of cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.; the film is wonderful to look at, and Coppola's sure hand behind the camera combines with evocative music, the richness of the setting, and some excellent acting to make Tetro a vivid and rewarding viewing experience. Copious bonus material includes a director's commentary track and a clutch of featurettes. --Sam Graham
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To that, the film for a good two thirds bubbles along with a type of bohemian gypsy urban passion to it’s flow before it shifts it’s balance to it’s more metaphorical and literal dramas in their culminations.
The movie is the type that touches upon a lot of vignettes, both literal and metaphorical, that while never fully elaborated upon, have the feeling of their story touched upon within the film.
The world of Tetro has quite a bubbly and volatile unpredictable passion about it, and the actress role of Maribel Verdu ( I think it was), was an attractive fit to that.
The dvd has some good extras, and it’s uninterrupted Fausta skit is particularly fun.
I would highly recommend this movie
Shot in stunning black-and-white, Tetro centers around a young man named Benny (Alden Ehrenreich), who has arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in search of his older brother, Angelo (Vincent Gallo). Angelo left the family some years prior and now goes by the name "Tetro," taken from the clan's surname. Benny and Angelo's meeting prompts an exhumation of family secrets which leads both brothers to re-evaluate their identities. Looming over the proceedings is their father, a world-famous conductor, whose ego, success and fame has had a disastrous impact on his sons.
Though sometimes indulgent, there is much to admire about Tetro. It is no secret that Coppola is a once-great director who went on to make a string of weak films in the 1990's that overshadowed the seminal films he directed in the 1970's. He could have quite easily continued his retirement from film making and focused on his vineyard and other business ventures, but Coppola remained true to himself as an artist and decided to begin making the personal films that he wants to make. Because of this, Tetro is made without any commercial considerations -- it quite literally is Coppola's vision. As a result, it is one of the most unique films I've seen in quite some time.
Influenced strongly by The Red Shoes (which makes an appearance as a film within the film during a brief flashback sequence), Coppola uses surreal dance and opera sequences to underscore the emotions of the film. This, coupled with the vivid color flashback sequences, gives Tetro a dream-like quality that is both compelling and unsettling at the same time.
The Blu-Ray transfer is stunning and clear, though since the movie appears to have been shot in HD rather than film, it does look a bit too clean for my tastes. I very much miss film grain, which would have added texture to the presentation. The feaurettes provide a lot of background information on the film, but I was less than impressed by the commentary track, which I didn't find very informative as the featurettes.
Overall, Tetro is an exciting return from one of the world's greatest living filmmakers and well worth the time of any fan of Francis Ford Coppola, or independent film. The film may not always be perfect, but it's always interesting and engaging.