Something Better to Come Screen 3 articles

Something Better to Come

2015

Something Better to Come Poster
  • As we witness too clearly, images of poverty and marginality will not do unless they are first alchemized into an edifying story, not so much of fiscal redemption as societal rehabilitation. And the final product becomes a false semblance—the elemental which it displays remains, but is diverted from its significance to a utilitarian narrative of enrichment so that we may witness Yula elevating herself from a user of garbage, to a producer of one, and in so doing disculpate all others who do so.

  • It’s as poignant and eye-opening as one might expect (though I prefer Eduardo Coutinho’s Boca de Lixo), and perhaps headed to one-liner comparisons with Boyhood, but Polak’s arduous work manages to be stubbornly resistant when it comes to the psychology of its main subject especially, and adds in some ill-advised music cues.

  • An affecting if occasionally sentimental look at an even more marginalized social group... A sensitive, often distressing account of Putin-era Russia, Something Better to Come wisely allows the political to articulate itself through the personal.