Sunday, July 3, 2011

Karlovy Vary FF: Day 3 Impressions

My last day at KVIFF was unfortunately a short one, leaving me enough time to only see one. Despite some problems, however, it ended up being a nice surprise, and a good way to end my first festival experience:

Day 3 Impressions:

No Tengas Miedo
dir. Montxo Armendariz:
Child abuse isn't an easy subject to build a story around, yet Armendariz's film tackles it with great skill and taste. He refrains from overwrought sequences of graphic rape, instead choosing to focus on the victim's quiet, pained reactions. It's a decision that pays off in spades. The film is also bolstered by effective work from Lluis Homar (Broken Embraces), Belen Rueda (The Orphanage), and Michelle Jenner. It's a compelling and tightly structured film. Armendariz jumps into the abuse so quickly, that his film starts to run out of steam 2/3 of the way through. The last half hour loses focus, and becomes a patchwork of scenes, that leave the film rather aimless. It's as if Armendariz forgot that he had to bring the film to an end at some point, and had no idea how to do it.

Grade: B

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