Feedback (2019)

Director: Pedro C. Alonso
Writer: Pedro C. Alonso, Alberto Marini
Cast: Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake, Oliver Coopersmith, Alexis Rodney, Anthony Head, Alana Boden, Nacho Aldeguer
Part of: Secret Society screening at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2019

Content Note: rape, rape culture

Jarvis (Eddie Marsan) and Andrew (Paul Anderson) used to have a radio show together when they were younger, but they went different ways a while ago. Now Jarvis has his own show where he tackles social problems and generally politicizes in a very straight-forward, brash way. But the show hasn’t been going so well, so the radio station has asked him to team up with Andrew again to increase ratings. Jarvis is not enthusiastic, but doesn’t have much of a choice in the matter. On their first night back in front of the mic together, masked men storm the radio station and force Jarvis and Andrew to reveal their secrets live on air.

Feedback is a film that takes the implications of the entire #metoo movement seriously and makes a bold statement about what white cis men can get away with. It’s a bit of a downer, but given its subject matter, that’s entirely appropriate.

The film poster showing Jarvis (Eddie Marsan) from behind. He is wearing headphones and watching four screens with masked men, a woman and himself screaming.


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Mientras duermes [Sleep Tight] (2011)

Mientras duermes
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Writer: Alberto Marini
Cast: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez, Iris Almeida
Part of: /slash Filmfestival’s slashing Europe [The /slash Filmestival needs help! Please support genre movies in Austria, if you can.]

César (Luis Tosar) is a seemingly normal doorman. He gets the newspaper, delivers letters and does small repairs. But what César actually strives for is to make everybody as unhappy as he possibly can. In Clara (Marta Etura) he seems to have found his match – no matter what he throws at her, Clara still smiles. And so the situation keeps on escalating.

Sleep Tight is very tense and really, really creepy. Basically, it really achieves what The Resident failed to do: It actually made me happy that there’s no room under my bed for somebody to lie there.

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