Cinetopia International Film Festival 2014
A sampling of offerings from this year's fest.
Published: June 3, 2014
Watching R100, you might begin to feel like the beleaguered movie executives who occasionally appear onscreen to comment on the increasingly bizarre action. Hitoshi Matsumoto straddles arthouse and grindhouse with this pitch-black comedy, which follows a Japanese salesman and single father (Nao Omori) who’s hired dominatrices to beat and humiliate him in public places. This film about bondage requires some endurance, especially when submission turns to fear and R100 becomes an unhinged revenge thriller. Pain and pleasure are inexorably linked, insists the spokesman for the S&M service, and the audacious and riotous R100 puts that concept to the test.
To Kill a Man
From the opening moments in a tranquil forest, where Jorge (Daniel Candia) works as a caretaker, Alejandro Fernández Almendras infuses To Kill a Man with his quiet reticence. A careful, self-contained man, Jorge is unnerved by a brawny bully, who taunts and robs him as he returns to his modest city home. When Jorge hesitates to act, it sets off a series of violent encounters between the gleeful sadist and Jorge’s disappointed family, who find no solace in Chile’s bureaucratic legal system. In this beautifully composed tale of vengeance, every action has consequences, but nothing matters as much as the aftermath.
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