Problemista (2024)

Problemista (2024)

Dark, weird, poignant, and funny, this debut feature by Los Espookys star Julio Torres is a modern parable of the American Dream

The Very Best

8.6

Movie

United States of America
English, Spanish
Comedy
2024
JULIO TORRES
Amy Zimmer, Bardia Salimi, Brian Belovitch
104 min

TLDR

This is for anyone who’s woken up sweating from a nightmare about freakin' paperwork.

What it's about

To avoid being deported, aspiring toymaker Alejandro (Julio Torres) must mount an art show for the mercurial curator Elizabeth (Tilda Swinton), who promises to sponsor his work visa if he succeeds.

The take

Some films struggle to balance style with substance, but Problemista isn’t one of them. It’s brandished with Torres’ unique brand of surrealist aesthetic, which is colorful, freakish, and fun, while also accurately relaying the pains of coming to and making it in America as an outsider. We see Alejandro accept increasingly debasing gigs as he runs out of time and money in the deep maze that is America’s immigration bureaucracy. And all the while, he’s being both genuinely funny and painfully incisive. Torres is not the first person to point out that in this day and age, the monsters we face are overbearing employers, greedy bankers, and exploitative companies, but he just might be one of the few to do it with such imaginative grace.

What stands out

Torres’ gem of a script. One particularly memorable favorite is Swinton’s accusatory line, “You know nothing of widgets!”

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