Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Writer: Adrián García Bogliano
Cast: Francisco Barreiro, Daniela Soto Vell, Jorge Molina, Milena Pezzi, Vita Vargas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]
Aram (Francisco Barreiro) is the perfect worker, a diligent not too ambitious lawyer who does his best at his job and works long hours without complaining. Or at least that’s what it looks like to his boss and his wife. Secretly, Aram is meticulously planning the kidnapping of a high school student (Daniela Soto Vell): he stalks her, he times how long it takes to choke somebody unconscious (with his dementia-suffering father as experimental object), plays with his son to find out about carrying bodies. He even visits (apparently regularly) a sex worker and asks her about tying people up. When he finally feels he has covered all his bases, he goes through with it – but to what end?
Scherzo Diabolico lives off Francisco Barreiro’s performance. But when Aram takes a back seat in the later half, the film falls apart both regarding tension and logic.
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