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Rhythm of a Crime (1981)

Ritam zlocina (original title)
| Crime, Drama, Horror
A single teacher allows a stranger to share his home with him before it is to be torn down by developers. The stranger has a fascination with statistics, and claims he can predict crimes ... See full summary »

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Ivica Vidovic ...
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Fabijan Sovagovic ...
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Bozidarka Frajt ...
Zdenka
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Tomislav Gotovac
Toso Jelic
Srecko Jurdana
Dragutin Klobucar
Zdenka Trach
Snjezana Tribuson
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A single teacher allows a stranger to share his home with him before it is to be torn down by developers. The stranger has a fascination with statistics, and claims he can predict crimes based on statistical analyses. Intrigued by this talent, the teacher tells a married, female friend that the man seems to have done what he claims. Then the numbers show that there is a slip-up and a murder that was supposed to have occurred, did not. The stranger is adamant that a balance has to be achieved or the whole town will suffer - and he leaves. Written by Ørnås

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Rhythm of a great film
27 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film in terrible quality and still liked it. It has a two things which are usually rare in films: good acting and an original story. In this case, a man wants to hire a room from some guy who lives in the outskirts of Zagreb. The guy accepts. They talk from time to time. The older tells about his fascination for crime statistics, he seems to be able to 'read' them.

This is an interesting, smart story, written by Pavao Pavlicic, and translated to the screen by Zoran Tadic. It reminded me a bit of modern absurd cinema, like the stories of Efthymis Filippou (Alps). Never before I have seen a film using statistics and maths this way. Not much happens but it is still intriguing and absurd until the very end, that's how smart this story is. However, I understand the viewers who find this story getting too supernatural for its own good.

And then the wonderful acting. I really felt that Fabijan (who is also called Fabijan in real life) is madly passionate about statistics, and that Ivica (also Ivica in real life) has initially no interest (he has interests of his own, reading books and talking to Zdenka, his former girlfriend). Fabijan's spell over Ivica grows gradually.

The film has the looks of a modern art-house film (straightforward scenes, slow, observing). But in 1981 this style wasn't as common then as it is now. Therefore is this style ahead of its time. I rate it 8/10.


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