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Esto no es Berlín

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88% Fresh Tomatometer Score88%
  • This Is Not Berlin uses one young man's sexual and cultural awakening as the fuel for a personal story with widely resonant themes.
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    Jude DryindieWire
    Scenes rush by as quickly as the mounds of cocaine and faceless orgy scenes, creating a scatterbrained collage of provocative images devoid of context or meaning.
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    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    A gutsy collection of 1986 specificities, Berlin might not have an obvious narrative punchline in the end, but it remains one hell of a nostalgic revolt throughout.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    The movie celebrates the thrill of performance art, the rush of drug trips and the melancholic cacophony of Joy Division.
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    Jonathan HollandHollywood Reporter
    Smart, good-looking and buzzing with edginess, Sama's fourth feature has been made with a love and care that's palpable in every frame, allowing us to forgive its occasional, inevitable brushes with cliche.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    A sexy misadventure through self-discovery and art.
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    Nate JonesNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Like Roma, these are the personal reminisces of a filmmaker who turned out pretty okay, one who can look back on his youthful foibles with clear eyes, but no small amount of warmth.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    An accurate slice of adolescent life is portrayed in Hari Sama's coming of age drama that takes place in the new wave post-modern scene of 1986 Mexico. First-rate performances and a killer soundtrack.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    It's as if John Hughes intercepted a screenplay meant for Larry Clark.
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    Edward DouglasThe Weekend Warrior
    What's especially interesting is the exploration of sexuality by the two friends in the movie and how that is affected as they go further down a rabbit hole of drugs and depravity.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Unpredictable and immersive.
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