Wednesday, August 5, 2015

To Kill A Man (2014)

Director: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras
Starring: Daniel Candia, Alejandra Yanez, Daniel Antivilo, Ariel Mateluna, Jennifer Salas, Don Willie, Paula Leoncini, Daniel Urrutia, Eduardo Villalobos, Sol Banoviez

Mood piece involves a struggling family, semi-headed by Jorge (Candia) who doesn't have the guts to stand up to the local gang's continued threats. Jorge's teenage son (Antivilo) tries his best to improve the situation, however this leads to his own demise and leaves the family seeking justice through the legal system.

I understand it's not everyones cup-of-tea as most people do like to go to the cinemas to escape. It's more than it seems and the major theme is really about manliness and the strength with have for family and dissipation of that very key element throughout the course of our lives. I love theses types of movies, a fly-on-the-wall watching people be people, struggle and happiness in equal measures making decisions we could only imagine.

Candia gives you the perfect amount of passive character to keep intwined, but the real winner is Almendras who follows everything with such detail and perfectionism; he also wrote the script. This is one filmmaker I can't wait to see more from. A real winner. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Price at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


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