Renowned flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla is having a bang-up year, first with Jaime Chavarri's lauded biopic and now Isaki Lacuesta's exploration of Camaron's influence, "The Legend of Time." Neither fully docu nor completely fiction, pic divides into two segments to portray the impact the superstar still exerts, here embodied in a local gypsy boy and a Japanese devotee.

Renowned flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla is having a bang-up year, first with Jaime Chavarri’s lauded biopic and now Isaki Lacuesta’s exploration of Camaron’s influence, “The Legend of Time.” Neither fully docu nor completely fiction, pic divides into two segments to portray the impact the superstar still exerts, here embodied in a local gypsy boy and a Japanese devotee. Considerably more amorphous than the helmer’s previous “Cravan vs. Cravan,” pic’s bare-bones script and tenuously connected sections turn from impressionistic to soporific. Aside from music fests, play dates will largely be at home.

Young Isra (Israel Gomez Romero), born on Camaron’s home island of San Fernando, is accustomed to singing in public but refuses after his father’s death. Between fights with his brother and cocky swagger before his would-be g.f., there’s little for him to do at home. Makiko (Makiko Matsumura) makes a pilgrimage from Japan to her idol’s birthplace, and hopes Camaron’s brother (Jesus Monje “Pijote”) can help teach her how to imitate his style. Characters, who never meet, basically play themselves, each waiting for a catharsis that never comes. Diego Dussuel’s camerawork, plus music, are pic’s biggest treats.

The Legend of Time

Spain

Production

A Mallerich Films, Jaleo Films, De Palacio Films production. (International sales: Mallerich Films, Barcelona, Spain.) Produced by Paco Poch. Directed, written by Isaki Lacuesta.

Crew

Camera (Technicolor/B&W), Diego Dussuel; editor, Domi Parra; music, Raimundo Amador, Joan Albert Amargos, Carles Benavent, Montse Cortes, Rubem Dantas, Jorge Pardo, Ricardo Pachon, Ea!, Elbicho; production designer, Isabel Andreu. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (competing), Jan. 26, 2006. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Israel Gomez Romero, Makiko Matsumura, Francisco Jose Gomez Romero, Soichi Yukimune, Jesus "Pijote" Monje, Saray Pinto Sanchez, Takamitsu Ishizuka, Jesus Olvera Mota, Jesus Manuel Olvera Rivero.

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