Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: Cronica De Una Fuga
Argentina, 2006. 20th Century Fox, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, K&S Films, Kramer & Sigman Films. Screenplay by Adrian Caetano, Esteban Student, Julian Loyola. Cinematography by Julian Apezteguia. Produced by Oscar Kramer, Hugo Sigman. Music by Ivan Wyszogrod. Production Design by Jorge Ferrari, Juan Mario Roust. Costume Design by Natalia Alayon, Juan Antonio Monti, Julio Suarez. Film Editing by Alberto Ponce. Cannes Film Festival 2006. Independent Spirit Awards 2006. Toronto International Film Festival 2006.
Rodrigo De la Serna (The Motorcycle Diaries) is fantastic as a student who is kidnapped and brought in for questioning under suspicion of ‘terrorism’ by the military junta in Argentina following their overthrow of the government. The military’s idea of questioning is to hold de la Serna and a group of other students hostage in a remote country mansion and subject them to all manner of tortures until the guys finally see an opportunity for an escape. This true-life drama is on par with some of the greatest prison break movies except that it has the added element of reality to give it some grit. Adrian Caetano’s direction doesn’t concern itself with obsession over any deeper themes, but instead keeps the viewer riveted with excellent pacing, uniformly impressive performances and a high level of tension that never quits. Besides, any movie where a bunch of guys have to run through half of South America completely naked should make it to the top of your list regardless of quality.