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Schimbare (2014)

Luis and Elvira travel to Romania after contact an Eastern European criminal organization. Near their destination, they receive a call that requires them to change the route. They must stop in Budapest and make a collection.

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Álex Sampayo
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Cast overview:
Candela Peña ... Elvira
Luis Zahera ... Luis
Sandra Mokrzycka Sandra Mokrzycka ... Girl (as Sandra Mokrycka)
Maurycy Lyczko Maurycy Lyczko ... Emil
Martijn Kuiper Martijn Kuiper ... Radu
Huichi Chiu Huichi Chiu ... Jun (as Hui Chi Chiu)
Mariana Achim ... Teodora
Sergio Padín Sergio Padín ... Boy
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Luis and Elvira travel to Romania after contact an Eastern European criminal organization. Near their destination, they receive a call that requires them to change the route. They must stop in Budapest and make a collection. Everything seems simple until they discover that it's an eight-year-old girl. From this moment they will have to make the hardest decision of their lives. Stick to the plan or release the girl. Decide what they decide, someone will die. Written by Alex Sampayo

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October 2014 (India) See more »

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Ugly, Brutal, and maybe Somewhere, for Someone it could even be Real
10 March 2015 | by fulrahulSee all my reviews

In Schimbare, a Spanish couple find themselves in a safe house in Romania with a extreme moral dilemma. After having sustained the unsettling grip and suspense the film, executes it in a expected as well as uninteresting fashion. Another problem is the way the filmmaker chooses to withhold so many pieces of the puzzle that you fail to understand the meaning behind the emotions of the leads. Both Candela Pena(Elvira) and Luis Zahera(Luis) give gripping performances with Pena expressing unfiltered emotions making you feel for her. A special mention to that poor, innocent, smart 8-year old girl with one kidney holding her own throughout the film. The film is daring, with débutante director Alex Sampayo choosing to keep it downbeat along with unsensational treatment of complex human problems, there is a apt feeling of claustrophobia created with performances, cinematography and dialogue to signify the feeling of the couple. The cinematography especially with long continuous takes, shaky handling was like a bully for the characters with director not wanting to let the grip slip. But in the end, the film pays the price for all the built up intensity resulting in a potential to be great film, rather than a great one.


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