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The Platform (2019)

El Hoyo (original title)
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In a future "dystopia", prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above, feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized.
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Emilio Buale Emilio Buale
Zorion Eguileor Zorion Eguileor
Alexandra Masangkay Alexandra Masangkay
Ivan Massagué
Antonia San Juan
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A citizen of a not-too-distant "dystopia" voluntarily incarcerates himself with the promise of increased social mobility upon release, but becomes so radicalized by his captivity that he will risk everything to ride a devilish dumbwaiter on a one-way ticket to protect a "pannacotta". To appreciate this trajectory, one needs to understand his prison: The Pit - a provocative permutation of a "panopticon" whereby hundreds of cells are vertically stacked, and hollowed out through the middle. Each day, a platform adorned with a decadent feast descends through the tower from its summit. It stops on each level for a few minutes, keeping those near the top well-fed, and those at the lower levels fighting for leftovers - if any remain. As further nightmarish nuances to the nature of this imprisonment emerge, The Platform steadily reveals itself as one of the most striking contributions to cinema's pantheon of science-fiction penitentiaries and a profound parable, demonstrative of the ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Brazen, Imaginative and Uninhibited
16 September 2019 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

The prison of the future contains a pit in which a platform of food descends room by room until nothing is left. Inmates are allowed one thing, anything, from the outside world into their cells and while most choose weapons, some bring odd things like a dog or a book. Many inmates resort to killing to survive, but one of them - a reader of Don Quixote - decides instead to send a message to the powers that be.

If you find frequent stabbings and rotten, half-eaten bodies offensive, this uninhibited, brazen, graphic, raw and irreverent film may not be for you. While I appreciated the intense and primal nature of the film, at times it was a little too bizarre and orderless even for me. Seen at the Toronto international film festival.


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