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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

An interesting, but not totally satisfactory, movie

7/10
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina
28 July 2011

I did not know anything about the film Rabia before watching it, but during the initial credits, the name of the director, Sebastián Cordero, sounded familiar to me. After watching the movie, I visited the IMDb and I found out that his previous movie was the excellent Crónicas, whose skilled balance of fiction and Ecuadorian reality served for portraying an incisive message about the media and the manipulation of the masses. Unfortunately, Rabia does not have the same ambitious intentions nor reaches the same narrative level, even though the screenplay is interesting and brings a good analogy about the situation of the immigrants in Spain (and in the whole world, better said).

The main characters from Rabia are two immigrants who simultaneously feel excluded and affected by the ups and downs from a dysfunctional society (or family) which tends to ignore them whenever they are not abusing from them in order to satisfy particular objectives. However, that message is wrapped into a thriller which is not always credible and shows some problems in its structure. The screenplay from Rabia is based on a book written by Sergio Bizzio, and it is probable that the adaptation lost important aspects which feel like holes in the narrative from the movie. Besides, the screenplay concludes on a sentimental note which does not feel enough justified.

Anyway, Rabia kept me entertained, mainly thanks to Cordero's direction, which shows a firm vision, fluid camera movements which make us ubiquitous witnesses of the drama, and which could also extract solid performances from the whole cast. I think that that makes Rabia worthy of a moderate recommendation, and despite the fact that it did not leave me totally satisfied, I look forward to watching Cordero's following projects.

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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

The rats

Author: dbdumonteil
30 June 2011

"RABIA" is a movie with so many subjects that it is not sure it gets anywhere.In a style close to Luis Bunuel (another side of the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie) and to Roman Polanski (claustrophobia ),since all (or almost) takes place in an old "Gothic" mansion ,some scenes in an attic.But in spite of an ambitious screenplay,directing is not really exciting,lacking the madness the two directors can/could bring to a movie.

This is a love story between two young proletarian lovers ,migrant workers (the way the foreman treats the boy is revealing ) ;this love story ,although it's bound to be tragic ,is unlike any other one ,cause the two lovers are apart in a most amazing way:they are in the same house ,a mansion which belongs to the wealthy family the girl works for .It is some kind of prison for them and when the bars are down ,the freedom the girl has achieved has less to do with chaos than with redemption.

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