Aroview: Coolly disturbing noir thriller tracks the fate of a struggling immigrant labourer who intercepts a package with instructions that lead him into a deadly game of chance.
Thickly layered with Beckettian despair, Kafka-esque predestination, and the look of washed out gangster noir by way of Jules Dassin and Jean-Pierre Melville (amongst others); much of the story plays out as a numbly surreal nightmare clicked awake by bleak post-Perestroika allegory. Under calculatedly assured direction by 26-year-old first-timer Gela Babluani, this could easily be accused of dabbling in stylishly detached cruelty, yet while it may seem a bit slickly passionless at times, the horror and suspense are handled with such chilling aplomb that it's bound to linger in your head for days.
4 stars (Very Good) What a fantastically atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat treat this is. Well shot in grainy black and white. Although a shocking subject the horror is always implied - not in your face. Definitely recommended as one to watch!~PhilipReeve