Saturday, July 11, 2020

Nobody Knows I'm Here Review: A Beautiful Eye And Voice Make For An Interesting Isolationist Drama

Release date: June 24, 2020
Running time: 91 minutes
Starring: Jorge Garcia, Millaray Lobos, Luis Gnecco

Memo (Garcia) lives on a remote Chilean sheep farm, hiding a beautiful singing voice from the outside world.  A recluse with a glittery flair, he can't stop dwelling in his past traumas.  However, when someone from the present finally starts to take an interest in him, can he move on from the past he has been dwelling in?  


Nobody Knows I'm Here is beautifully shot, with a lot of well planned, excellent camera work to emphasize Memo's isolation, and also to highlight the beautiful locale.  Filmed in Chile, there are a ton of understated shots of the green landscape and lake which surrounds Memo's house.  Memo lives in a small isolated sheep farm, only seeing a few delivery people a week.  However, when one of these delivery people begins to take an interest in Memo, he has to balance his desire to see others with the fear he has of his past traumas.  The movie has a slow pace, which is not a bad thing.  It sets the scene early on and spends a lot of time building up Memo's character, his current predicament, and the beautiful surrounding he has isolated himself in.  It also slowly reveals Memo's past here and there, and thankfully doesn't reveal too much early on to keep you guessing.

However, although Memo is a tragic figure in this movie due to his past traumas, the film doesn't do a great job of setting up the gravity of what happened.  It is not hidden, but the extent of his trauma and the effect it had on him and those around him is not given enough weight or screen time.  It is sad because the film does a fantastic job of setting up Memo's isolation and current situation, but it is tough to feel a ton of sympathy without any additional information.  Additionally, part of Memo's character is that he daydreams about what could have been.  It is a nice touch when it works, but occasionally I found it difficult to tell if his current situation was a daydream or reality.  However, if you are looking for something different and a little more character focused with beautiful cinematography, you will be in for a treat with this film.  

Nobody Knows I'm Here uses beautiful camera work and cinematography to tell an interesting isolationist drama. 

Rent it.

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