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Locarno Film Review: ‘Moka’

5 August 2016 5:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title of “Moka,” an elegantly lean, low-temperature thriller from Swiss writer-director Frédéric Mermoud, turns out to be less enigmatic than it sounds: It’s the color — a neutral, creamed-coffee hue of 1970s vintage — of the car responsible for the unseen hit-and-run that sets its intriguingly hesitant revenge plot in motion. That’s a fitting name for a film that paints largely in subtle, in-between shades, as grieving mother Emmanuelle Devos finds herself torn between impetuous fury and more calculated psychological warfare in tracking down those responsible for her teenage son’s death. A Chabrol-like slow burn more concerned with fine character crinkles than grand narrative revelations, this Locarno premiere is complicated considerably by Devos’ ever-astute, ambiguous presence; though it’s more sleek than sensational, “Moka’s” classical genre impulses give it a shot at international distribution.

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