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PVC-1 (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 14 November 2008 (Colombia)
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Shot in real time, PVC-1 is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism.
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Credited cast:
Hugo Pereira Hugo Pereira ... Benjamin
Daniel Páez Daniel Páez ... Simon
Gilberto Ramirez Gilberto Ramirez ... Soldado Ramirez
Patricia Rueda Patricia Rueda ... Maria
Michael SG Michael SG ... Luis (as Michael)
Alberto Sornoza Alberto Sornoza
Merida Urquia Merida Urquia ... Ofelia


Shot in real time, PVC-1 is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism.

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They locked a bomb around her neck. It will be detonated in 64 minutes. The ransom demand is impossible. The alternative is unthinkable. See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 November 2008 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

P.V.C.-1 See more »


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This movie was shot in one long 85 minute take. See more »

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Great piece of filmmaking - but frustrating to watch
11 March 2011 | by chrisalsop1213See all my reviews

Just saw PVC-1 on a recommendation from a friend and although I had never heard of it, I was seriously intrigued at not only the premise of the film but of course the fact that the movie plays out in a single take. As a camera operator it's an idea that I've always loved so I was very excited to check out this film. The film succeeds on many levels and at times is a gripping piece of work. Excellent camera work, very well shot, genius subtle changes in exposure and well thought out camera movements to help convey the emotions of certain scenes. The acting was also solid except for a few over the top moments. Remember though, this is essentially like theatre with the actors pouring their hearts out for almost an hour and a half. Very well done! However, I found myself becoming frustrated with the film at various points, ranging from the actions of some of the characters, to the inexplicable absence of certain tools (yes i realize this is Columbia but a scalpel will work better than a dinner knife and a car engine will surely generate more heat than a candle), to the lack of rational thinking. I was also upset at the lack of explanation as to why the woman had a bomb placed around her neck. I'm assuming this is a common act - but for what purpose. To what end? Sometimes the lack of motive works amazing but not in this case. And finally, while I applaud the film on its realism, I found there were just too many times where nothing was happening to advance the story and or bring you in to the story. The ending was spelled out but props to the quality of the movie because it still got me. PVC-1 is a great piece of filmmaking, no question. But while other reviewers rave about the movie's impact, I was left feeling somewhat let down. I feel that the filmmakers became too caught up in the whole "single take" thing and forgot to really work on adding more special pieces/elements to the story. For sure check it out. I'm looking forward to Mr. Spiros next film.

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