#13 - JACK’S RIDE dir. Susana Nobre
Joaquim: For many immigrants, America means money. Dollars. But that’s not all. There are also unemployment lines waiting for a soup and plenty of dirty politics. And even worse. I wasn’t trying to be rich, but I wanted a chance to fight. Those daily achievements were my true freedom.
Incredibly scattershot considering its sleight runtime, Jack’s Ride is a stylistically intriguing even if cinematically inconsistent and often incoherent film. Regardless of how (un)successful Nobre’s fragmentary approach is though, Joaquim is a fascinating man with a hell of a quiff. Seeing Joaquim travel the backroads and well-worn paths of his life in a film the director describes wittily as a “closed road movie” is a thing of infrequent but rare beauty, and Nobre’s homages visually to Scorsese, 70s cop shows, and cheesy crime dramas are endearing it must be said.
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