You have probably heard of the phrase "To think outside of the box"? Well, this is a story about such a box. The box is full of miserable creatures. One of those creatures doesn't belong there. He's thinking outside of the box.
During an opulent banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless symphony of abundance.
The game Papers, please was the discovery of 2013, at least when it comes to independent titles, and its interesting, cold-war climate from behind the eastern part of the Iron Curtain has now been transferred to another medium. A group of filmmakers, in cooperation with the creator of the game, Lucas Pop, created a short film showing the hard life of a border guard in a fictional Arstotzka. Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy worked on the film. The main character is an employee of one of the fictitious, totalitarian countries of the Eastern Bloc. His task is to check documents of people trying to cross the border and decide who will be able to receive this honor. His work is made difficult not only by paperwork, but also by his own conscience.
The production quality is truly incredible, definitely at the level of a Hollywood hit if not better. The set fully enveloped the atmosphere of the game, each piece had detail and depth. The actors were perfect, the lead actor for the Inspector had an amazing performance, probably the best I've seen in a long time in how he represented his sternness, his emotion, the way he thought throw allowing the last passport, everything. I think the way he grabbed his head at 8:39 was a bit unnatural, but that was a mere 1 second. His performance after Elisa chocked me up. The clothing was so well done, looked just scruffy enough, had the soviet Russian vibe, everything. A true piece of art.
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