Buffalo '66

Buffalo '66 ★★★★★

“We *span* time together as a couple. Because we're a loving couple, *spanning* time. These photos are us, in love, *spanning* time.”

I was pretty blown away by this.
Each character has this brilliant, conflicting duality to them. Billy is an asshole - a violent, egotistical criminal. Yet at the same time he’s a vulnerable, scared child. Layla initially seems like an empty plot device, serving no purpose other than to meet the demands of Billy and be his dream girl. But her enthusiasm to go along with her own kidnapping (paired with that incredible tap dancing scene) creates this intriguing inner depth and conflict to her character. Possibly the best Ricci’s ever been.

Speaking of the tap dance scene, the random inserts here seem so pretentious on paper, but they end up becoming the stand out moments of the film. A peek into the character’s lonely worlds, their memories, their thoughts - it creates a kind of melancholy tapestry of their psyches.

I found myself laughing out loud at most of this, even though so much of the humour comes from misery. I think Gallo finds the perfect balance in that respect. There’s a palpable sense of loneliness and vulnerability running trough the whole film. It also just looks and sounds so beautiful. Definitely a new favourite.

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