TIFF 2018 Review: ROJO (Argentina 2018) ***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.

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Set in Argentina during the mid-1970s, Benjamín Naishtat’s hypnotic drama follows a successful lawyer whose picture-perfect life begins to unravel when a private detective comes to his seemingly quiet small town and starts asking questions

Director Benjamín Naishtat is clearly an expert at creating tense situations.  The beginning 10 minute sequence jet before the title ROJO appear on the screen tells it all.  The protagonist, a lawyer is rudely singled out in a restaurant by a mysterious stranger to leave his table.   

The lawyer lets him have it saying that he is rude and would in life never get what he wants because of his behaviour that he cannot help because he is a victim of his upbringing.  This causes an alteration outside with the stranger shooting himself and the lawyer dumping the body ithe desert.  A detective shows up asking questions.  The lawyer is shown to be nit that well brought upeithr, psychologically abusing his wife so much that she cannot even tell him comfortably that she has to go to the lady’s.  ROJO is an event driven character study set in

Argentina during the mid-1970s, when the military dictatorship, the “Dirty War,” the disappeared.   The 70’s atmosphere is effectively created with everything from clothes to the cars and props.  A tense and absorbing film from start to a satirical finish.

Trailer: http://www.cineuropa.org/en/video/rdID/357258/f/t/

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