Luzzu: Review. By Jake Peffer.
Luzzu follows Jesmark, a fisherman who tries to sell what he catches around town to local restaurants. He has a wife, Denise, and they have a newborn baby together name Aiden. Aiden is currently not developing the way that he should be so Jesmark and Denise must try some new things with him that will hit their funds a little harder. Along with trying to sell fish Jesmark attempts to try and come up with other ideas to make more money. Eventually, he ends up working in the black-market fishing industry as he tries to do whatever he can to take care of his wife and son.
There’s plenty to like in Luzzu. From the great scenery that takes place all around the ocean to some very good performances by everyone involved. Director Alex Camilleri is able to embrace this town that Jesmark lives in and give the audience a feel for the community. The story here works for the most part however, it feels like there is something missing that could have made this better.
As Jesmark continues to try and provide for his family we see him get involved in circumstances that feel like they should have more of a risk for him. It never really feels like he could lose everything if a mistake were to be made or when he gets involved with the wrong people. With all this going on he still has time to work on his boat, which is where the title of the movie comes from. His boat is the only thing that ever feels like something he could lose. You never really get that feeling from his wife and son that something could happen to them and that feels like a missed opportunity.
For an hour and a half movie this does feel very slowly paced. It felt closer to two hours despite not coming close to it. Despite everything negative this is still overall a decent movie. The performances certainly help lift it up but story wise it would have been nice to get a little more conflict than what is given.
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