Switzerland is not a country that is famous for movies. In recent years there was a tendency to fund only documentaries and highly intellectual stuff that nobody wanted to see. Exceptions were "Komiker", "Das Fähnlein der Sieben Aufrechten" or "Explosiv" - and all of them were only mildly entertaining. So now the French part of the country strikes back - with "Neutre", an independently financed low budget picture filmed on digital camera. Please don't think that this is just another of those Dogma-movies ("I shake the camera because I can!"). Yes, it sometimes is shaky, but overall, the camera work is rather classic and pretty classy as well.
What I liked most about the movie was the acting. The men in this army drama were surprisingly good and convincing. The story was also rather interesting: A soldier movie with a touch of "Deliverance". I can easily accept the twists and turns that happen - even if they'd probably never happen this way. But they suit the dramatics and are not more unlikely than in your average Hollywood film. Recommended.
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