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Tetro (2009)

 

 
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Framed in black and white, and accented with the beauty of the women and men that litter the cast, Tetro is a complex story presented in different styles that are uncommon in today’s cinema. The story is about family, and how the most fractured and damaged of them can still achieve hope through love. Tetro […]

Posted October 28, 2010 by

 
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Framed in black and white, and accented with the beauty of the women and men that litter the cast, Tetro is a complex story presented in different styles that are uncommon in today’s cinema. The story is about family, and how the most fractured and damaged of them can still achieve hope through love. Tetro is about a boy who tried to run away from his sins only to have them find him even though he made it to the other side of the world. For people who have a father, a mother or a sibling that you love immensely only to have them let you down, Tetro will speak to your soul.

Tetro is shot within three different spectrums: You have the main plotline which is filmed entirely in black and white but the memories of the characters are played out in a thickly framed color. Other memories are shown as plays and performances rather than live action but it manages to keep your attention and keep things moving in a strange way that I cannot even fathom.

Most people who have seen this movie agree that Vincent Gallo should not have played the role of Tetro in Francis Ford Copolla’s personal, artistic film. The role demanded a mysterious, tortured soul, suffocated by deep dark secrets and scarred by life-changing incidents. Gallo just seemed off as if he were acting not living the character in a way that it should have been done. With him as the lead I grew more attached to his supporting actor Alden Ehrenreich who plays Tetro’s brother Bennie. While his acting was more in the way of youthful mannerisms and innocence, it was enough to cover up his more awkward moments at certain points in the film. So to say Tetro is well acted is a stretch but one shining ray of light was the beautiful Maribel Verdu as Miranda, the girlfriend to Tetro. Maribel was believable in her fierce compassion and eternal loyalty, she stole every scene she occupied and oozed sex appeal that went beyond bare flesh and sexy accent. With all three headliners bouncing off of one another in an imperfect dance of character acting, it ends up a thing of beauty, a feat I attribute to their conductor Mr. Francis Ford Coppola.

In the end, the complexities of the title character and the overabundance of love by his brother Bennie and his girlfriend Miranda will win you over into loving it. Like I said before Tetro is about family and this could have very well been a remarkable novel or poem as it was a movie. Tetro is the Golem who found his heart filmed in a way that can be digested easily by modern movie lovers. Netflix this ASAP, you will not be disappointed and you will be left with warm fuzzy feelings the way I do after viewing it.

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Greg Dragon

 
Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.