My Loneliness Has Wings 2024 Movie Review
The natural step for many actors, the jump to directing, has been the new challenge that Mario Casas has imposed on himself with a film starring his brother Óscar Casas and that tries to cover perhaps too many things, often disconcerting the viewer. It starts out as one thing, then changes pace to be something else, and ends up being unrecognizable. Despite this, you can see the affection put by the filmmaker into the project and a good taste in the visual finish of the film that is very noticeable and that many are not able to achieve in their entire career behind the cameras. It is the script that needed one more twist, or perhaps several, to find its way and become a memorable film. We will have to wait for the next occasion, because it is true that we hope it will not be the last time he gets behind the cameras.
Dan is a young man who lives in a humble neighborhood on the outskirts of Barcelona, where he shares his existence with two friends, Vio and Reno. None of them really think about tomorrow, and they enjoy their youth between parties and small jewelry store robberies. Dan’s world is much more complex than it may seem and at the heart of it is a real artist, who tries to give an outlet to his emotions through his designs and graffiti. But when his father returns to his life, the young man will see how time is running out and from that moment on everything will change radically, with an increasingly uncertain destiny. A story of young people on the outskirts of a big city that soon changes into a crime film and ends up being a kind of romantic drama. Too many pieces in the puzzle for everything to fit the first time.
There is something in the look of Óscar Casas that will always remind us of his brother. And that’s not bad. Mario Casas has always been one of our most maligned talents and it has cost him blood, sweat and tears for more than one to recognize what a good actor he is (the proof is in his filmography, go see The Mauthausen Photographer , No Matarás , The practitioner or Toro among many films and series). Let’s just hope that the same thing doesn’t happen with his brother and it’s less difficult for people to see what this young actor is capable of conveying with a look. Next to him are two new talents making their debut, like the singer Candela González and Farid Bechara, determined to steal shots left and right, and with a more than promising future if they are given good roles.
But not everything fits in a film that sometimes doesn’t know where it’s going. Its beginning promises one thing, which changes radically with a twist in the script. It’s not bad, whatever may happen has twists… but it changes it radically with another twist… like this continuously. It does not give substance to the characters and the plot ends up being irrelevant, with twists that are too impossible and moments that are too implausible. It is an erratic script that does not accompany the visual strength of the film, which it has, and that also makes use of a soundtrack with a selection of songs that is as personal as it is intelligent. But it’s not enough. To reach its ending, surely the most appropriate, we have gone through too many stages that do not quite start and we have seen that the story did not fit together for the most part. Let’s hope his next project turns out better.