Friday 25 June 2010

Tetro review

Tetro (15, 127 mins)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Godfather is beginning to look like another lifetime for Francis Ford Coppola. His latest sees a young American travel to Buenos Aires to visit Tetro (Vincent Gallo), the brother he hasn’t seen in years. He wants to reconnect and learn about their family past but the truculent Tetro wants little to do with him. Lengthy for such a slim story, this is tough going. Shot in shimmering black and white, it’s beautiful but often impenetrable, and, with its theatricality and frequent allusions to the cinema of Powell and Pressburger, too much like Euro art-house for its own good. It’s far from the most expansive or interesting work Coppola has done and hard to recommend even for die-hard fans, although his name remains the only reason Tetro is getting a cinema release. But just because you directed the best film ever made doesn’t mean you can get away with anything.

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