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- Summary: A Mexican national, Jesus Feliciano, returning to California from Iraq where he had soldiered in exchange for grant of U.S. citizenship, suffers trauma related to his battle experience and imagines his family life threatened. (Cineville)
- Director: Carl Colpaert
- Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy
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80Writer-director Carl Colpaert never loses his balance, despite the David Lynchian leap of faith he asks us to make midway, in a twist so bold as to be a backflip. If anything, this extra layer in the story effectively illuminates the moral choices Jesus must navigate.
May be a mixed bag, but it is so impressive in so many ways that it demands to be taken seriously. It's a black comedy about a returning Iraq war veteran named Jesús (Joe Arquette) that aims for an absurd, satirical tone (think "Dr. Strangelove" by way of "Coming Home") but rarely hits the mark.
38Colpaert makes nice use of blue and green hues, and he makes some valid points about the Iraqi war. But the script lacks coherence and ends with a 180-degree flip that lessens the impact of what has gone before.