Jaime Rosales is the Spanish Michael Haneke. Bullet in the Head displays the same disdain for human communication you would find in The 7th Continent or Benny's Video. After all, words are trivial and forgettable. Bullet in the Head is brutal, frustrating, merciless, and ultimately meaningless, like life itself. "It almost makes you think." (Daniel Kasman)
AN EXPERIMENT IN (SILENT) TERROR. Over an speechless hour to reach these 15 fateful and fatal seconds. From 1h08min00sec to 1h08m15sec exactly. Everyone will have his opinion on this new language of the dumb. === Plus d'une heure avec son mais sans paroles distinctes pour en arriver à ces 15 secondes fatidiques & fatales. De 1h08min00 à 1h08m15sec exactement. Chacun se fera son opinion sur ce nouveau langage du muet.
We follow a loner man meeting up with friends, shopping at a CD store or mini-mart, on a first date and commuting - all in virtual silence apart from ambient street sounds. The point of difference - no dialogue nor plot. Then he is seen with accomplices as he commits cold blooded murder. Why? Thanks IMDB - the true story of Basque separatists makes post-viewing contemplation an essential element. Brave and unique.
Like a return to silent films and that level of engagement. I was wondering to myself how filmmakers even secure funds to make such a film? The pitch: Ok, to start - nobody talks out loud! Well they do, but you can't hear it! Great huh? 500K?
Then I realize that, in part, people like me give funds to sites like Mubi, who in turn give funds to... filmmakers like these. A strange film, and I'm glad it's out there.
Ein Film mit einem Experiment, dessen Auswirkung dem Verständnis des Zuschauenden bezüglich des Dargestellten nicht entgegen kommt - Langeweile und Unverständnis dienen als gestalterische Mittel.
Definitiv ein Film, bei dem der künstlerische Anspruch verwirrend ist und der Zuschauer nicht am Händchen durch einen spektakulären Themenpark geführt wird - unterhaltsam ist das aber nur sehr bedingt.
A splendidly icy forensic thriller that intrigues and at times obfuscates for much of its duration until the climax comes. An audacious effort at formal experimentation that is chilling in its effectiveness. Simple and devastating.
This would have been so much better at a shorter run time. Perhaps a 30-minute short film would have really increased its effectiveness for me. I appreciate the experimentation at play here, but ultimately there is too little payoff for the long ride. It's a bit disdainful of the audience.