Heartfelt and emotional, this latest Netflix offering is a welcome break from their run of crime thrillers we have been inundated with recently.  But is it worth watching?

Certificate: 15

Director: Gaspar Antillo

Starring: Nelson Brodt, Juan Falcón, Jorge Garcia

Genre: Drama, Music

Runtime: 91 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Memo is a reclusive, living on a remote sheep farm in Chile.  As a child he was the singing voice behind a famous child star.  But after a disastrous altercation, Memo disappeared from public life and his father sent him to live with his uncle.  Still struggling to come to terms with the things that happened to him as a child, Memo isn’t prepared when accidently, a video of his singing goes viral and he is forced to confront the events of his childhood.

Well, Jorge Garcia has come a long way since his early days as the lovable Hurley in ‘Lost’.  Far from being a side character here, he shows that he can take on lead character roles well.  And this isn’t a basic role either.  His character is flawed and complex and a lot of emotion is required to pull of this role successfully, and Garcia does it brilliantly.  You really feel for Memo, the damage his experiences in his childhood have had on him are evident right from the start, even when you don’t really know the extent of them.

This film has a lot to say about the music industry, and the way that the music industry trrat child stars in particular.  How many disaster stories have there been about young stars going off the rails when they get older because of the awful treatment they endured as children.  This film may depict an extreme case, but it is still something to think about.

I just wish the film had more of a story behind it to help drive the narrative.  Memo is a very passive character, meaning that things happen TO him rather than him making things happen and driving the story forward.  The film relies on the viral video element to kick start the real meat of the story and that doesn’t happen til nearly half way through, so a lot of the film we are left just watching Memo struggle through life.  And that is so hard to see.

I also felt his character didn’t really get the closure he deserved.  The film is built up to this big finale where he is finally going to get to confront the kid who used his voice to get famous, and get a chance to clear the air and get things off his chest, but that doesn’t really happen.  He does get to sing his song on stage in front of a real live audience but is that was all it took for him to get closure, he could have easily done that before.  A real confrontation between the two characters would have been a much better conclusion to the story, and we were robbed of that.

A really emotional story with some great performances, but I think it had some narrative and pacing issues.

 If you are interested in seeing it for yourself, ‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’ is available to stream on Netflix now.