Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on January 2012

© 2009 by Zoetropa Argentina, BIM Distribuzione, Tornasol Films, Agrupacion de Cine 001, Castafiore Films;

Francis Ford Coppola shows he’s still got it with this beautifully crafted, highly personal film. As involving as it is inventive and in stunning black & white, this is the unabashedly operatic story of a 17-year-old boy (Alden Ehrenreich) who arrives in Buenos Aires in search of his much older brother (an edgy Vincent Gallo, perfect for the role), a temperamental, emotionally-blocked writer. The only thing they share is a hatred for their domineering father, a world-renowned conductor (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Their reasons for doing so, when finally revealed, make for a thrilling, cathartic third act.