22 year-old Sébastien leads an impoverished life struggling to support his family. While repairing a neighbor’s roof, he overhears a conversation about a forthcoming package which promised to make the household rich. He intercepts the mysterious package—which comes with a cryptic set of clues.
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The minimalist approach Babluani took with the production of this story really works to its advantage. It does a fantastic job at building tension, to a point where it even toys with the audience at points.
a hard-as-nails modern noir classic. as the tension inexorably ratchets up and the stakes become (literally) deadlier, the film becomes almost unbearable to watch, yet you can't tear your eyes away from it.
As bennievermeer says, don't watch the trailer. You're either in or you're out. You can compare this to 'Hostel', but I prefer this one. 'Hostel' inevitably has the stink of Hollywood on it. You end up feeling a bit dirty in the way you've been manipulated. This one treats you as an adult and lets you decide how you feel.
One of my all-time favourites. I thoroughly enjoyed the film from beginning to end. The tension Babluani created grabbed me just fine. I was disappointed when he announced a US remake. It's not doing the film any justice.
Dynamite debut from director Gela Babluani that is both novel in design and exciting as hell to watch. Unfortunately the director has failed to make anything else of note in the decade plus since. The stark b&w images add to this hellish story of survival, greed and resignation. Kudos.