My suggestion for viewing Bad Lucky Goat? Relax and go with it. First-time director Samir Oliveros, who is based in Colombia, has created an offbeat charmer that could become an art house hit with the proper word of mouth.
Teenagers Cornelius “Corn” Denton (Honlenny Huffington) and his older sister Rita (Kiara Howard) are sent by their parents to pick up benches for their family’s hotel. Brother and sister bicker the entire time, to the extent that Rita takes her eyes off the road and kills a goat (played by Vincent Van Goat). She also wrecks their truck. Now Corn and Rita must work together to get the truck repaired and scrounge up money for payment without their parents’ knowing.
Along the way, they encounter local residents like pawnbroker Goldie (Ambrosio Huffington) and Rastafari drum maker Brother Rainbow (Elkin Robinson). Brother Rainbow and his group perform a wonderful number that makes music from natural elements.
The score, which features reggae, calypso, soca, and mento, is a standout. So are the shots of the Colombian island of Old Providence, where the film was shot. The actors, most of whom are nonprofessional, give naturalistic performances. Honlenny Huffington and Kiara Howard are entirely believable as the quarreling siblings.
You will likely figure out the major narratives arcs in advance but that is beside the point. For a film like this, the journey matters far more than the destination.
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