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- Summary: Martin lives in Paris with Claire. Their relationship is at an impasse. When his mother dies, he must return to America to take care of her estate. But, unable to work through his loss, he flees to Tijuana, where he reunites with Lola, a young Mexican woman he once knew, who was close to his mother. He finds her at the Americano, a club where she dances every night. He quickly learns that to be with Lola is to confront the past.… Expand
- Director: Mathieu Demy
- Genre(s): Drama
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70Though not explicitly autobiographical, this film is deeply personal, and while the nature of cinema is very much on its mind, it rarely feels insular or self-conscious. Instead, it is wistful and nostalgic, and at the same time full of restless curiosity.
50Americano, which Demy also wrote and stars in, is an ambivalent, occasionally touching work of homage to his parents, yet one whose clumsiness only underscores the superiority of their directly quoted films.
50Peel away the many layers of reference, and all that's left of Americano is the raw need of a lonely, confused young man who's distant from his family, awash in vague memories, and struggling to find himself. This is less a movie than a patient for pop psychologists.