Alma – A journey of the soul

15th January 2016

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#12MFF film review: Alma by Diego Rougier |  #12MFF film entry link: here  |  #12MFF services here!

Alma – A journey of the soul

It was a hard choice for me to decide how to begin writing this review, modifying and changing my words multiple times. That’s one of those moments when, after watching this movie I remained speechless, where I think which ever words I write, there is more needed to describe what I watched.

Unfortunately, this movie, called Alma, which is not so found in the main-stream media and also on the big screen, is a romantic comedy built around a couple relationship that’s found in a moment of doubt. As a first view, I know this movie has a tendency to look as one of those cliches, but the screenplay writers proved us from the beginning they didn’t intend to declare their writing as a source of originality.

Fernando and Alma are a married couple, who are in a love that lasted since their childhood. And Alma is a piano teacher who is fired from the school she used to work at, and will find accidentally that her husband, Fernando, to be suffering from bipolar disorder. Where she decides to dump him, kicking him out from the home, where he moves across the road to live with his super-market co-worker.

Once the intrigue, there follows up a series of comic adventures, which showing the weaknesses and the strengths of or protagonists.

The originality of the movie is found into the particularities of the considered topic and the way this is translated into the scene. With other words, the story is carefully constructed from some very well placed turnabouts, harmoniously conceived, in accordance to all the narrative elements. And there are no secondary threads with no finality or no importance to the general topic. Which also, there are no additional characters in the movie. But the film flows through a smooth ensemble of intrigues, through secondary narration threads, through music and rhythm like so a symphony of the classicists, away from the idea of boring or loading the spectator with excessive emotions.

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I have to mention about the attention for the comic of movie, which is conceived some sequences before it happens. And a good example comes in a sequence at the end of the movie, where Alma is attacked by a pickpocket (Fernando’s friend who became a thief from a DVD merchant) asking the people to empty their pockets, threatening Alma with a knife. But Fernando has nothing at him that would be good to save Alma, since he was also robbed by other people some sequences ago. And the one who can save her is the her actual suitor, who prefers to run away instead giving the clock he received as a gift from his mother, shown many sequences before.

The originality of the characters is also defined by the clothing they wear, by the decorative elements and by the colors that appear as leitmotifs during the movie. Nuances of mauve, pink and red, are alternating in the key moments of the film, in accordance with the action that happens in the film sequences, with the purpose to increase the directly induces emotions. Also through colors, we discover Barbabara, a suitor for Fernando who appears with her disheveled hair, in a good looking green dress which suggests the idea of the new and the freshness. This play of the colors make us to fall in love, to repel, to empathize with the situations and with the characters which are found into anguish and ecstasy.

The soundtrack, likewise, is a subject we can comment long pages about… Diego Rougier is between the few of those who can use Beethoven as a soundtrack for a comedy movie, in a sequence where the action takes place in a supermarket, made to fit very well, with this thinking I said enough.

As I mentioned during my review, there are many things that can be written about this movie, where the most important of all: do not miss it! Therefore, having this chance, I wish to officially congratulate the team and all the people involved in the production and in the distribution.

From the 12MFF you received a big BRAVO!

Review by Alexandru Vlad

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