7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Satiric, entertaining story, illustrating powerless individual against politics
JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands
3 February 2011
This satiric film could be construed as demeaning for Columbia and its
police force, but the story can easily be moved to an other country.
Originally based on a factual story with bodies found on the border of
two cities. The respective authorities were more occupied with police
statistics and shifting the problem, than with putting energy in
dealing with the situation at hand. How this story enfolds illustrates
perfectly that individuals can be helpless against official politics,
with internal mechanisms that follow their own logic.
The sheer number of bodies found adds an extra dimension. It creates
distance, turning it into an abstract problem. This would not happen
with a single body, where direct relatives are involved. The surreal
element that a few bodies sometimes have their eyes open, also turns
the pile bodies in something closer at home, as explained by the film
maker during the Q&A after the screening at the Rotterdam filmfestival
There was a question from the audience why the sex scene that opened
the movie, was repeated identically at the end. It was meant to
emphasize that life goes on, even after a tragic event with
considerable impact on some people. The endless cycle of every-day's
routine for the rest of mankind, continues as if nothing out of the
ordinary happened. This forces those involved in the tragic event, to
eventually pick up the pieces where they left off.
All in all, I was very satisfied with this piece of work. Its
relatively slow pace is fundamental to the story. Nevertheless, there
were no really boring moments, and something unexpected or funny was
happening all the time.
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