Carmo, Hit the Road
The idea of a promiscuous chic on a Brazilian/Bolivian road trip with a moody paraplegic smalltime smuggler might sound like a good starting place for an offbeat romantic crime picture. However, writer/director Murilo Pasta fumbles with the story he wants to tell. Hitchhiker/hooker Carmo (played by force-of-nature Mariana Loureiro) gets rescued from an attack by a would-be parking lot client by Marco (Fele Martinez), whose wheelchair-entrapment barely hinders his ability to hurt and kill people, or to chauffer Carmo through dusty landscapes in his loot-filled pick-up truck. The film reaches short for an inexistent hyperbolic tone of sex and violence as Carmo and Marco realize a romantic bond in the face of surprising events, mostly involving a goofy pair of rival criminals. "Carmo, Hit the Road" is the work of an inexperienced filmmaker nearly capable of making a competent film, something "Carmo, Hit the Road" is not.
Not Rated. 99 mins. (C-) (Two Stars - out of five/no halves)
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