TIFF 2018 Review: CONSEQUENCES (Slovenia/Austria 218) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Consequences Poster
After being sent to a youth detention centre, 18-year-old Andrej has to fight for his place within the group of inmates while getting closer to Zeljko, their informal leader, and struggling to keep his repressed secret in the dark.

Director:

Darko Stante

Writer:

Darko Stante

“If you fuck up, there will be CONSEQUENCES.”  so says one of the supervisors at a youth detention centre to the youth under him, who obviously think it an idle threat.  CONSEQUENCES is the impressive directorial debut of Slovenian filmmaker Darko Štante centring on one such troubled youth, Andrej (Matej Zemljic).

  Andrej does not go to school, throws temper tantrums and is prone to anger, violence and lies.  His parents have given up on him and therefore send him to a youth detention centre where he survives the bullying and gangs, owing to the fact that he is strong and feisty enough to challenge whoever gives him a hard time. 

 The film does not delve into the reasons behind Andrej’s anger but shows him to be awkwardly sensitive in  few incidents.  He is kind to his pet rat and sympathetic to a family he is about to rob as they have a backward daughter.  The film is less a coming-of-age saga than an account of the youth’s self discovery. 

 The film is supposedly based on the director’s own experiences working with youth in a correctional facility and it shows.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W8v3feKptE

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