To Die (Or Not) (2000)


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 .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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