Though tragically plausible, the brothers’ transformation into ‘martyrs’ has an inevitability that robs it of tension. Yet the depictions of these characters’ bleak circumstances possess an authenticity that cannot be ignored.
Bulger never asks us to like Baker – a frankly impossible task, given the trail of destruction he’s left in his wake – but he does ask us to admire and understand him, a request which is aided immensely by this enjoyable, eye-opening doc.
The pick of the bunch has to be Chung Mong-Hong’s punch-to-the-throat ‘Reverberation’, a tale of high school bullying and revenge which does more in five minutes than some features manage in their entire running time.
Antonio Méndez Esparza’s début feature, which is shaped around believable performances from non-professionals, offers a lucid, unsentimental analysis, but the material is perhaps too saddeningly familiar to strike real sparks.
This film is an intoxicating, sometimes challenging blend of humdrum domestic routine and resonant personal insight. There are longeurs, and the ruminative tone requires patience, but ‘In April…’ undoubtedly marks the arrival of a distinctive new voice.
The film feels slight and never gains much momentum, trundling towards a morose but largely unmoving climax. Ultimately, it feels as though the filmmakers have settled for the soft option one too many times, and the result is a pleasant but unmemorable watch.