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El Camino

February 15, 2013

Cinequest 2008


El Camino is another movie I definitely recommend, maybe not as strongly as Sherman’s Way, but it’s definitely good. This one really is about a road trip. A young man dies of cancer and three of his friends decide to take his ashes to Mexico. It’s a bit of a depressing movie, but not in the way that makes you want to drive off a bridge after. I would say the writer/director did a great job of bringing the movie to a believable, non-depressing ending. It was just the kind of ending that life really does bring – that is to say, nothing ever ends until you die. The writer was inspired when a friend of his died and he wrote this film to kind of work his way through her death. I could definitely see this as that type of project – it’s like a way of trying to figure out what our purpose is, and sometimes that is a clear answer but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes young people create their own problems… but sometimes there are serious issues behind their sadness and depression. I liked it.

Definitely thumbs up. Go see it, but not if you’re in the mood for a happy one.

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