A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious starts happening to him.
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I love a go-for-broke DIY epic as much as the next fellow, but my admittedly inflated expectations for Norte were not met. Some great moments. The camera setups are often extraordinary, but if you are gonna use so many long takes then make some goddamn use of them! The blocking is dull and perfunctory. The execution is not equal to the scope. I like it better than The Place Beyond the Pines. Got that goin' for it.
(Very) Slow burning. 4 hours+ long. Losely based on Dostoyevskys CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Reads exhausting and difficult on paper, but is a beautiful, terrifying and very engaging look at the downfall of civilization. highly recommended if you can spare the time.