Directed by: Carlos Renaso
Written by: Carlos Renaso
Genre: Drama / Comedy
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Ralphy Calambre (Amaury Renaso) is a semi successful poet who after a time, returns to New York city looking to reboot an old relationship. Repair some damage and maybe, possibly start anew. As I'm sure you've guessed, things end up not being as black and white as he had hoped. Unlike the film itself, which is. The problem with being a semi successful poet is the women that are drawn to people such as Ralphy. It makes for some interesting relationship fodder in a dramatic comedy and although CALAMBRE! is listed as a drama and comedy, I found nothing really comedic about the title. Save maybe a few conversations within a bar.
Without spoiling the movie, which is actually pretty short in length, you probably sort of have an idea what takes place. This is a relationship drama after all. Odds are your guess in one form or another will happen. There is an aspect of this title that foregoes relationship(s) issues with personal discovery, or personal searching. But again, I don't want to let the cat out of the bag.
I won't go into my usual conversation about black and white movies in this day and age. Usually I can't stand them. However, this title is somewhat of an exception. The B+W does lend itself to the feel and mood of the film, so what more can I say? Where this title really shines is the acting. It's all performed in a very realistic and natural way. Surprising for a micro budget title in my opinion. I believe the script probably had a good chunk to do with that but credit where credit is due. The cast all perform admirably. Without the performances, CALAMBRE! may have severely faltered.
Another aspect is the cinematography and pacing. For all intents and purposes, this title should be very boring, but it isn't. Again, you could also attribute that to the acting but the camera work and editing all factor in here, heavily. Just one of those instances where everything seemed to fall into place. For the better. The ending for Renaso's film was actually pretty close to the perfect way to end things. Another aspect that just works and actually effected me more than I expected.
As a micro budget title, and a black and white one to boot, CALAMBRE! really surprised me. Much better than the majority of low budget movies that come my way. You'll never mistake this for a big budget Hollywood production but that's kind of the point. This is independent done well. Pressing well past an average grade, Carlos Renaso puts forth a pretty good film. Thanks for reading.