A really devastating film about the loneliness and isolation that consumes us during that period of adolescence where we peer into adulthood with absolutely no idea where to go. This film starts out in the vein of American Graffiti, showcasing teenagers last stroll through their town, finally admitting their feelings for one another. This is admittedly a very horny movie and I can see a younger version of myself hating this film but as I grow up more in life and look back at my younger self I wish I hadn't been so judgmental towards others for their choices. We are all in a way very broken people just looking for answers and a way to grow together in a very divisive world. Nothing has changed from the 50's then it is in the 2020's and the truth is that we will never get better.
The raw portrayal of abandonment presented here is enough to wreck me emotionally. It reminds me of the power Roma had. It is a very slow burn where you admire its craft but in the last third the power of the film shows how poignant the film really is and what it says about the human condition in general.
This film showcases breathtaking black and white cinematography, a layered and intimate screenplay and great performances from an incredible ensemble. Peter Bogdanovich is a fantastic director and his vision for this film proves that sometimes just the silence around us can speak louder then words. It's a slow burn but once you understand the emotions presented in here- it's a bleak look at a nostalgic time in your life you can only revisit through memory. The mistakes you make that create the person you are today- for better or for worse.