DIRECTOR: Mariano Peralta
CAST: Andrea Alfonso, Julián Alfonzo, Rodrigo Bianco
PLOT: Bad shit happens to people and animals in a parade of low budget violence.
I’m reluctantly awarding this one three knives. I’m not reluctant because it sucks or anything and I’m awarding because it is effectively disturbing in places. Its flaw is also a strength. While some of those already put off by having to read subtitles for a South American film (I’m just being realistic; some folks just plum hate subs), will balk at a low on plot series of loosely connected scenes of torture shot with uber low tech production values.
A little bit of apparently real animal violence (a hog butchering, say) to lend credence to the idea that the violent footage herein is actually snuff, or at least to help heighten the illusion of such. The film plainly suggests the reality of all this footage and seems inclined to show itself as a sort of documentary about all these awful things. The connecting thread appears as a sequence of police interview footage.
Meanwhile, low grade video shares lots of heinous goodies for torture porn aficionados and gore fans. The heavy mood and somewhat surreal feeling arising from the loose narrative mode, and the shifting visual style, creates a sort of gutter arthouse mien; the less than tightly plotted story brings a floating, drifting feel. This will annoy some and mesmerize others. I suspect there’s not much middle ground with this flick, probably haters and lovers with a gap between. At any rate, as long as you’re good with unconventional, you dig mood and brash, bloody mayhem and are totally OK with low end budgetry, then I can offer this as a possibility for your viewing itinerary.
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