|Director:||Diederik Van Rooijen|
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|09.24.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Great Dutch thriller about a couple who go on vacation to Argentina then by happenstance capture a dirty cop killing some dude. Apparently this has already been picked up for an American remake which makes perfect sense although I doubt it'll be as good for a few reasons.
1. It's so refreshing to me to see a movie where tourists are out of their element and don't speak the language when their native tongue ISN'T ENGLISH. The fact that the two main actors are Dutch is a major factor for me. Once you make them American it seems a thousand percent more old and familiar.
2. The two leads here are so strong that the director can rest a huge portion of the movie's dramatic responsibility on them. I don't think there's a single frame of this film that doesn't have one or both of the leads in it. The director does an ongoing technique of switching off who to follow for that scene. And the camera stays close. It literally runs along side the actors. The camerawork here is superb in how it withholds just the right things to add tensions to scenes all while hand-held and immediate to the overall fear of the thing. If the actors aren't good enough to do these long uninterrupted physically- and emotionally-demanding scenes and so the camera has to pull back and cut a lot more, I don't think the terrifyingly plausible yet relatively simple story is strong enough to hold your interest.
So I guess this note is a series of compliments framed as pre-emptive hate for the remake, but hopefully my very positive feelings on THIS movie shine through. I really liked it and thought it was a success.