Zaho Zay (2020) – DNF

Zaho Zay
Director: Maéva Ranaïvojaona, Georg Tiller
Writer: Jean-Luc Raharimanana, Maéva Ranaïvojaona, Georg Tiller
Cast: Nabiha Akkari, Eugene Raphael Ranaïvojaona, Michelle Eva Ranaïvojaona
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 27.10.2020

A young woman (Michelle Eva Ranaïvojaona) works as a prison guard – a job that makes her think about her father (Eugene Raphael Ranaïvojaona) who is himself a convicted murderer. She starts to imagine him as a serial killer, determining his victims’ fate by throwing dice.

Zaho Zay completely missed me. It changed dialogues for voice-over, which I hate, but the biggest issue for me was that I just never connected to it or got into the plot at all (in fact, I wouldn’t have been able to sum the plot up without reading up on it again). I started to nod off repeatedly, which didn’t help things at all. So I finally just left (although I think only 15 minutes or so before the end). That was a complete fail for me.

The film poster showing a man's face, over it the image of a woman in a hat, the top image in the shape of a razor blade.

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