-Roberto Mother Fucking Bolano (the novel Una Novelita Lumpen)
-Alicia Scherson (screenplay)
-Luis Angel Ramirez
-Ricardo de Angelis
What It's Good For:
-IT'S AN ADAPTATION OF A ROBERTO BOLANO NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Martelli being enthralling
-Some great shots and moments
-I think it has a high re-watchability factor, due to thematic depth and understated moments
-Hearing Bolano's words
-Comparing Hauer being in the mansion to Hauer chasing Ford through the dilapidated apartment building in Blade Runner
-Cool use of music and sound effects and light
-Did I mention it's a mother fucking adaptation of a Roberto Bolano novel?
-The hilarious body building competition
-Scherson will win fans
-In true Bolano-ic fashion, the end is abrupt, anti-climactic and sort of leaves you wondering about the bigger picture (though that's part of the fun)
-Has some slow stretches
-If seeing a really attractive girl naked is something you dislike, well...you'll dislike this movie
-The film could seriously not make sense to some people
-I can't stress enough how anti-climactic the end is
Basically, what Bolano does is create a 1,000 piece puzzle, then he pulls the pieces apart. He just doesn't scatter the pieces in the box, though. Every piece is where it's supposed to go, just...disconnected and at a distance from its neighbor pieces. Which means you still have to put the puzzle together. It's why his narratives are simultaneously accessible and maddening. Not to mention, you eventually realize there are some pieces that are straight-up missing. This could bother a lot of people. Though I think it's why his narrative style is so great, and why I really like Il Futuro (or The Future).
What Scherson and de Angelis assemble is beautiful to watch. And I think everyone involved captured the...oddness of a Bolano plot? I felt that at any moment everything could just...unravel into farce. Its most comedic moments are some of its most ridiculous, but the film never manages to not take itself seriously.
I don't know. It's been about 12 hours since the movie ended, and I haven't stopped thinking about it. I'm excited to see Scherson's next movie. I'm excited to see what Martelli does next. But I'm really excited for people to get to see THIS movie. We've always had mainstream novels like The Help being made into movies. I can't tell you how happy I am to see an Artistic Novel made into an Artistic Movie. We got Cosmopolis last year. Now we have Il Futuro. I hope we have a niche emerging. (Under the Volcano, A very artistic novel (by Malcolm Lowry), was made into quite a mainstream movie. I'd like to see Scherson do Lowry's poetry justice).
Will You Get To See It:
As of right now, there's no distributor. I'm nearly positive you won't see Il Futuro playing at the local cinema. At an art house, I would think so/hope so. I will be upset if I don't get to watch this on the big screen again. If I can't own it on Blu-ray, it'll put a serious frown on my face.