1999. A few days before Thanksgiving. After a disastrous bank robbery attempt in Los Angeles fails, Bruce McGray hits rock bottom. He longs to leave everything behind and start a new life. ... See full summary »
1999. A few days before Thanksgiving. After a disastrous bank robbery attempt in Los Angeles fails, Bruce McGray hits rock bottom. He longs to leave everything behind and start a new life. Maybe even in the place in South America so vividly described in an unknown woman's diary: An abandoned orange grove on the coast of Columbia. When he finds several disturbing photos in the book, for some reason they seem familiar to him and he senses he must somehow be connected to this mysterious young woman. Bruce has no idea that this book will bring his entire past into question. As federal authorities and the New York police close in, Bruce sets out on a desperate search to discover his true identity. Written by
Blurred vision, unsteady camera - the first minutes of South are quite hard to take, especially when you chose to sit relatively near to the screen. But rest assured: Everything goes according to plan, and although South is anything but a straightly narrated movie and you will probably have a lot to discuss afterwords (what a difference to 90% of the popcorn-industry-sponsored crap usually shown), the erratic path gets clearer on the way - which is, most importantly, strangely entertaining. South is crime, mystery, a hint of romantic and in the center a man searching for himself and his own past. This film, which took not less then 12 (!) years to realize, speaks of determination and absolute devotion only because it exists. This basic feeling makes the acting intense to the point of overwhelming, the rough black-and-white-pictures extra edgy. The soundtrack, which actually was produced twice, is very worth mentioning. In one word: Leave your popcorn at home, submerge in this piece with your full awareness, and tho' it's definitely not for everyone, a lot will be greatly rewarded.
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