AFI: The Rest of the Fest
CYRANO FERNANDEZ (Spain/Venezuela) Cyrano de Bergerac with a Latin flavor, writer-director Alberto Arvelo’s amalgam of Third World crime drama and tragic romance moves the play’s action from 17th-century Paris to the slums of modern-day Caracas. Cursed with facial scars but blessed with a poet’s voice, Cyrano (Edgar Ramirez) promises his unrequited love, Roxana (Jessika Grau), that he will protect her boyfriend, Cristian (Pastor Oviedo), from a burgeoning neighborhood gang war. Though his reimagining gives the classic play vitality, Arvelo can’t keep the love story from tipping into sappiness, while his stabs at gritty urban authenticity consist of shaking his hand-held cameras frantically during the film’s violent confrontations. (Fri., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 12 noon) (Tim Grierson)
Get the Film Club Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- I Never Liked the National Lampoon's Vacation Series, and This New Version Is...
- Five Reasons to Enter the Silly, Sad World of Netflix's BoJack Horseman
- You Will Learn Exactly Three New Things From the Chris Farley Documentary
- The End of the Tour Doesn't Quite Depict a Convincing David Foster Wallace