East End Film Festival Review: Cores ★★★


After screening at the San Sebastian and Glasgow Film Festivals earlier this year, Brazil’s answer to Jim Jarmusch, Francisco Garcia, moves his debut film ‘Cores’ (Colours) to the East End Film Festival, the perfect space for a film that revolves around hipsters and slackers.

Band of friends Luca, a tattooist, Luiz, a petty drug dealer and his girlfriend Laura, who works in an exotic fish shop, are having a quarter-life crisis. They are eager to escape their lives and travel the world, but have no money to do so. Instead they spend their days drinking beer and dancing to rock music in their bedrooms.

The film is mainly interested in their ‘lost’ generation, the lack of opportunity and unemployment levels, and so spends a lot of time watching the characters discuss their situation, which is not always interesting. They blame the economy for their static careers, but considering that they didn’t go to university and now spend their days stealing prescription drugs and getting drunk, it’s difficult to sympathize with them.

Stylistically, there is a lot to like about Cores, but that is possibly because many of the scenes seem to be taken directly from various Jim Jarmusch films. When Luca is driving his car he might as well be Winona Ryder in Night on Earth and urban Rio might as well be New York. They have a poster for Stranger than Paradise in their living room and smoke like they’re characters in Coffee and Cigarettes. It’s a likeable pastiche, if not an exciting new voice in Brazilian cinema.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.