"La Vida Loca" reflects a depressing and hopeless reality. The documentary, by photojournalist and filmmaker Christian Poveda, follows some of the members of "la dieciocho", the so-called ...
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Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »
As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village.
El Benny is deported from the U.S. and returns home to a Mexico devastated by the drug wars. He too joins in, and starts climbing the hierarchy, finding a prosperous life, full of money, women, violence and fun.
"La Vida Loca" reflects a depressing and hopeless reality. The documentary, by photojournalist and filmmaker Christian Poveda, follows some of the members of "la dieciocho", the so-called 18th Street gang in a poor San Salvador neighborhood.
The pic's subject matter is unmistakeably highly interesting and the director's no-holds-barred approach certainly deserves accolades, but if you really want to delve deeply into a society's underbelly there's more to it than just filming all the misery you encounter and stringing it together as you like it.
Individually, the glimpses of gang life are unsettling and positively disturbing, but where's the assortative hand of an author who puts the impressions into an extensive perspective? It's all rather haphazard and thus ineffectively presented, relying too much on its basic impact than on analytical and informative commentary.
6 out of 10 meaningless funerals
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