Friday, September 15, 2017

The Firefly (2013) - Foreign Film Friday

Number Rolled: 70
Movie Name/Year: The Firefly (2013)
Tagline: None
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 84 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production Companies: Producciones iAMredHam
Producer: Luisa Casas, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Ana Maria Hermida
Director: Ana Maria Hermida
Writer: Ana Maria Hermida
Actors: Carolina Guerra, Olga Segura, Manuel Jose Chaves, Luis Fernando Orozco, Alvaro Rodriguez, Pedro Luis Falla, Andres Aranburo, Maria Helena Doering, Maria Jose Romero, Nicolas Pena, Victor Alfonso Hermida Hermida
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: After her estranged brother’s sudden death, young wife Lucia bonds with his fiancĂ©e, through their shared grief and finds herself falling in love.

Selina’s Point of View:
No thanks. Not my type of movie.

So much was exaggerated. I mean, five out of the first ten minutes of the film is in unnecessary slow-motion that makes it seem like one of the Telenovelas instead of a film. There were flashbacks within flashbacks as well. It was ridiculous.

I can deal with non-linear films, if they’re done well. This one wasn’t.

When I wasn’t rolling my eyes at the terrible interactions, I was bored out of my mind. This film was only 84 minutes and I feel like I’ve been watching it for three hours.

I don’t think cultural differences were the reason the film didn’t speak to me, I think it was just plain bad. And you guys know I’m the first to admit if I think there’s a culture shock factor.

I wouldn’t watch or recommend this film to anyone except maybe Telenovela fans.

Cat’s Point of View:
I’m a bit of a mixed bag after watching this movie.

Part of me is confused. Is this someone’s memoir? There’s a dedication in the credits that seems to lean my belief in that direction, but I have no idea. If that’s the case, though, it would help shore up some of the weak spots of this story.

Truth is quite often stranger than fiction.

Putting that aside, this was really oddly interesting to watch. While this was definitely a bit on the heavier end of drama – considering it dealt with tragedy and grief at the core of the story – it didn’t weigh me down the way I was afraid it would.

There was a lightness about some parts of the story that was surprising. I liked how some aspects of the story worked out, but the timing of events was just – off. I don’t know, that could very well just be me. The end was also highly predictable.

The good news, I guess, is that I didn’t hate it. I wouldn’t go far as to say that I enjoyed it – but the time spent watching didn’t feel onerous.

Speech Available: Spanish
Subtitles Available: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Spanish

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.2/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating 2.5/5

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