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This thriller investigates the mysterious assassination of a gay pastor in rural South Africa. Without witnesses or explanations, the crime appears to the police and others as a jigsaw puzzle without enough pieces. The police then suspect and arrest people based on the usual prejudices, black and coloured people who plant marijuana in this case. Meanwhile, the true assassin not only goes his way unpunished from the very beginning, but becomes one of the rural town's most respected citizens. The sheriff at one point does begin having certain suspicions, and from there on the bulk of the plot is played out. The location is a very arid part of South Africa, so with so much desert rock, there are bound to be quarries. Some may reveal important secrets. Written by
In this very low-key film set in the rugged back country of South Africa, a desperate and reticent fugitive takes on a false identity to escape his past. The plot is slow and methodical. Dialogue is minimal. The eerie musical score is used sparingly. Sporadic conversations and the sounds of nature heighten the realism, and allow the viewer to participate in each moment of the film, as it is occurring, without thought of what may happen next.
"The Quarry" is a strange and enigmatic film. There's a curious lack of exposition, or background information. So much of the story is left out. But that intensifies the mystery. Things just happen. We're left to wonder what brought all of this on. And the film's final scene is so unfathomable as to imply a deeply embedded subtext.
I am inclined toward a metaphysical interpretation. No matter how hard we may try to hide from our past transgressions, our own karma will exact, in one way or another, a penalty in proportion to those transgressions.
This film will appeal to viewers who like plots, especially character studies, expressed in a manner that is simple and technically well done, but without the overlay of distracting cinematic gimmicks. It will also appeal to viewers who value film as philosophic or artistic expression.
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