Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Morir [O No]
Spain, 2000. Canal+ España, Els Films de la Rambla, Televisió de Catalunya, Televisión Española. Screenplay by Ventura Pons, based on the play Morir: Un Instant Abans De Morir by Sergi Belbel. Cinematography by Jesus Escosa. Produced by Ventura Pons. Music by Carles Cases. Production Design by Marina Pozanco. Film Editing by Pere Abadal. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
This charming film uses a crafty little narrative device to tell its story: it shows scenes of people acting in a destructive way that ends with their deaths; halfway through the film the scenes are played in reverse order, this time with the characters connecting with each other and experiencing a happier ending. Strong direction and a very good script, plus the fact that the characterizations allow you to enjoy more than just the gimmick, make for a very pleasing delicacy.