End of the century Review 8.5/10
“If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom.”
You know this unfavorable feeling of dissatisfaction that always lingers deep down your soul? The very same feeling that you cannot seem to name or describe? End of the Century masterfully translated this nameless sentiment into a heart-wrenching motion picture that I am sure will leave all spectators in a state of complete confusion and heartbreak.
Nowadays, it is rare to find a film that truly captures the raw and unfiltered essence of intimacy in a non-sexual or demeaning manner. End of the Century is one of those rare and pure experiences. The first act of the movie, despite being in complete silence, is still an immersive opening that immediately draw one’s attention to the subtle acts of being alone and wandering!
But this narrative’s forte is definitely in its open-ended final act, in which the viewer is left to draw his own conclusions from was presented to him. The ending blurs the thin line that separates fiction from reality. You can say that the movie goes back and forth between two very different yet intertwined themes: Sex/Love and Memory (the memory of what is and what could have been).
Moving on, the two-lead protagonists were complicated just enough for us to truly sympathize with them and understand their motives and actions. People all over the world could easily relate to their story, even if there’s no connection. In other words, these two characters are a reflection of their actions and their long-lost memory and regrets.
Juan Barberini and Ramon Pujol’s performances were mind-blowing to say the least. They managed to give such an honest and vulnerable performances than one cannot simply overlook.
All in all, End of the Century is an honest testimony for love and endurance in the face of time and memory.
I highly recommend it.
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