A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.
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Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believes he's innocent.
In Rome, after the abduction of a British tourist, the police inspector Anna Mari is contacted by the criminal, who self-entitles The Card Player, challenging the police department to dispute a video poker with him where the prize would be the life of the victim. The Chief of Police refuses to participate and the victim is tortured and killed in front of an Internet web cam. The British detective John Brennan is assigned to investigate the case and when another woman is kidnapped, they invite the addicted player Remo to play for the police. Anna and John lead the investigation trying to disclose who might be the serial-killer. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The role of the cop was intended for Mathieu Kassovitz but he withdrew when he was offered the chance to direct Gothika (2003). It was eventually given to Liam Cunningham and the name changed from John Russo to John Brennan. See more »
Well, I 've just watched Il Cartaio on DVD and I'm not sure why most people are so critical of this movie.I mean,let's face it,this is a thriller rather than a horror,and as such,has a decent plot and good acting.The atmosphere in it may not have been created through dark/gloomy music and gory make-up effects and imagery (Argento's trademark),but it's still there! The storyline is quite interesting and well-constructed (even more so for an Italian movie).Those who complained about the lack of gore,what did you expect? Most violent scenes were seen through a computer monitor,and for the sake of authenticity and realism,Argento could hardly make these sequences brutal and detailed! Mere GLIMPSES of killings and mutilation is all one would see through a monitor anyway! In short,Il Cartaio's a good thriller,and viewers should be advised that it's NOT another giallo/horror by Argento (despite some nice corpse examination scenes). It's a crime story that surpasses most other ones with its extreme atmosphere and camera-work(though ,admitedly,it isn't exactly the usual magic by Argento) If one bears this in mind,the movie could make for a hell of a nice way to spend an evening!
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