About as tender a family drama as there comes. This movie succeeds in the autobiographical realm where so many others fail. It doesn’t over indulge in melodrama, nor does it try to pack too much narrative arc into its 115min. It breaths, it flows, it sprinkles its quotidian sweetness over the many microscopic hardships of personal upheaval. All without over leveraging its emotional gravity, or losing its lighthearted whispers of humor and happiness.
I know I’m ceremoniously late to the party here…but still I was expecting to like Bones more than I did.
What begins with such beautiful enigma crumbles into a fairly standard gen z fever dream with a healthy splash of 80’s Americana for good measure. The resulting aftertaste is (for me at least) Twilight if A24 made it.
The acting is top notch, the aesthetics (like all Luca movies) are dripping with the saturation of memory and nostalgia.
Zone (like so many other visually engrossing films) is less a piece of “narrative” cinema but rather a series of photographs come to life. After discussing with a friend post-movie, we both concurred that you could pause this film at almost any moment and the frame would be 1. visually stunning (like that of a European realist painting) and 2. communicate exactly what the movie is about. If that isn’t visual storytelling I don’t know what is.