Nicely Shot Even Though It Does Adhere To Stereotype
The film opens with a train filled with passengers among which a happy father and his innocent and playful son play hide and seek. They gradually get other passengers to join and before you know it all the passengers, who initially wore neutral expressions, are smiling now and joining the child's play. The last passenger whom the child approaches is reluctant at first but he too gives in to the child's innocence. The director makes it clear that there is something this character is holding back and in fast backward motion he leads us to the last passenger's room. 'Salvador (Historia de un Milagro Cotidiano)' is brilliantly shot. I especially liked the lighting and editing. They contribute well to the mood. The performances are fine too especially of the actors who play the passengers that light up as the child involves them in his game. Now, the downside for me is that the film portrays the Arab character by resorting to negative stereotype that many hold against Arabs. However, 'Salvador (Historia de un Milagro Cotidiano)' even though it references the train bombing in Madrid.