Two docs this week, one from Italy about a son’s obsession with his mother, and one from Mexico City about the city’s uneasy relationships with for-profit ambulances.
A couple of excerpts:
At times, the movie’s obsession borders on unhealthy and uncomfortable. There seems to be no privacy Barrese allows Barzini. But his aim is earnest: He is trying to understand his mother and captures her image from every possible angle — something Barzini doesn’t exactly want. She has spent her life as the subject of images. She is now ready for those images to disappear.
It’s exhilarating filmmaking, and at a brisk 81 minutes, you’ll be in the parking lot, halfway to your car, before the ethics of it finally catch up to you.