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From the very start, this film is very much in touch with the zeitgeist of contemporary cinema. A tale of two siblings, growing up together in a multicultural, upper-middle class household. The real star of the film though is Melody, the hard working night shift orderly from the Latin side of the family.
Melody seems like a poorly acted role. This is not necessarily the case, as her depiction is that of someone who is vapid and withdrawn. Everything she says or does seems fake or self-centred, which is an apparent trait of those who deal with trauma. People in situations dealing with death and human misery can often come across as fake or emotionally cold, and she's portrayed perfectly in that sense.
Her brother remains unnamed, one of the quirks of the film and artistic merits of the director. Also a c***d of expatriate parents, he's grown comfortable in the idyllic setting that his new family has forged for his comfort. Somewhat of a hedonist, he barely seems awake until the protagonist enters the scene. He's a genuinely empathetic character, and seems to understand quite well what his sister has to deal with on the graveyard shift. It truly is a tale of togetherness.
It does carry some tropes that modern film fans could call stereotypical. From flagrant product placement to the significant 'othering' of the protagonist through her over the top accent and typical vocal performance, it isn't without its flaws. It's nonetheless an enjoyable film, a recommended guilty pleasure for those who like to see how the other half lives.
While it may not be the Citizen Kane of our generation, it certainly is worth a watch if only to see Melody Petite come out to shine again. Special mention for the soundtrack. Plot: 4.5☆ Soundtrack: 5☆ Cast: 3.7☆ Production Value: 4☆ Overall: 4.2☆