Colombian writer-director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo’s feature debut explores street art as a means of dealing with and fighting back against violence. Cris and Simón (auspicious newcomers Laura Tobón Ochoa and David Escallón Orrego, respectively) are young people in Medellín who want nothing more than to “paint”—which, in this case, means putting up artful graffiti around the city. Both frequent an arts collective where they and fellow community members express trepidation over rising gang violence. Not expressly revealed in the film but still prescient is that their city was once considered the world’s murder capital when drug lord Pablo Escobar led the infamous Medellín Cartel. In comparison to Escobar’s legacy, the violence considered in the film exists on a much smaller scale; it revolves around the conflict that develops when Cris and Simón plan to start painting a whale—a tribute to Cris’s mother, a journalist who left the city due to threats against her life—over some menacing graffiti posted by a local gang attempting to coerce protection money from the arts center. Overall this is compelling but slight; it brims with an energy that befits its young protagonists but doesn’t otherwise leave a lasting impression. In Spanish with subtitles.