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Crumbs – Review

Sometimes a film comes along with a defining voice. It could be that the message at the heart of it is vital. Or the acting is so incredible that it is pivotal to a certain thespians catalogue. Sometimes it’s the visuals that burn with a redolent nature sharp and stunning. In the sea of cinema (sea-nima if you’ll allow me the pun,) it’s rare that  a movie will ache with all three; soaring above the rest with this excellence unparalleled. Very rare. But that’s good. Because if they were all as boisterously fresh and original it would blend into one.

That can be said for Spanish/Ethiopian film Crumbs.

Let me tell you now that you have seen nothing like Crumbs. And that is a brilliant thing.

Directed by Miguel Llanso, Crumbs revolves around a community in Ethiopia where a space ship spins above them. A crippled miniature superhero treks across the landscape trying to solve the answers around them. When someone steals his amulet, he hunts for its return only finding that there are more questions than answers as he must leave his abandoned bowling alley and love to find the grandiose figures who’ll guide him

At a stretch, and I really mean at a stretch, the aurora coating Crumbs is similar to that of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Its realism spliced with the fantastic told in a hazy heat. But that’s where similarities to everything ends – Crumbs is such an organic movie that it’s incredible voice screams out from the immediate. The feature haunts the screen with its strange premise and equally odd imagery that tell big takes on a presumably small budget. From Superman to Santa Claus, there are appearances from the spectacular that it is impossible not to feel pulled into it gleefully. Whizzing around this desert landscape our hero meets dreamlike imagery that is stripped of colour also. It’s a stunning master stroke that picturesque beauty teaming with glorious surreal aesthetics that incredible enhance your viewing experience.

There is spectacular acting at the core that keeps it weighted to the dusty ground. The film’s enchanting leads Birdy and Candy played by Daniel Tadesse and Selam Tesfaye respectively are perfectly timed with one another in this beautiful elegant dance. Through telekinesis and their powers they have bonded, sublimely, and it is utterly evoking. On a note – Crumbs is a testament to the validity of disabled actors. Tadesse is energetic, engaging and enthralling in his role and the second he appears is the only time you give his disability a thought as his powerful performance takes you by the hand and leads you down the rabbit-hole into the world of Crumbs. Hopefully with the success of the film, one that I urge you all to see to make it successful, there will be a resurgence of disabled performances playing roles as able actors can play (a superhero no less). If that happens then we can completely say goodbye to even bringing it up in comment.

Underlining this again but there are no films around quite like Crumbs. The more you watch it, the more you love it as it unravels poetically. There are plenty of throwbacks to the Eighties too as this year comes the film of nostalgia. But it seems somewhat fitting that the characters practically worship a Michael Jackson album as monologues about life in this post-apocalyptic world. With its hysterical jokes that are implemented perfectly, Crumbs is the ultimate mature superhero movie.

Crumbs is making it’s way around festivals. Check it out at Fantasia on the 31st of July!