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2.6
104 Ratings

Parabellum

Directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner
Argentina, Austria, 2015
Avant-Garde, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

Threatened by the end of the world, a group of Buenos Aires residents receive lessons in survival at a resort in the marshy Tigre delta…

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Parabellum Directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner
[Parabellum is] the debut from Austrian filmmaker Lukas Valenta Rinner, whose highly political depiction of a group of radicals who retreat to a remote training outpost in anticipation of the apocalypse is helped considerably in its own metaphorical mission by the director’s methodical sense of cinematic space and time and his adherence to narrative ambiguity.
March 18, 2015
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Rinner suggests an eccentric commentary on one’s preservation or loss of a moral compass when the current social “rules” don’t necessarily apply once society is gone. But this remains underdeveloped in light of the film’s rigid structure, which is too rooted in following the faux-guidebook that little regard is paid to in-between moments to flesh out the intriguing themes and characters; Rinner… seems to believe that deviating from the guidebook’s text will spell certain doom.
March 15, 2015
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Rinner’s carefully composed frames maintain the de rigueur cool distance à la Ulrich Seidl… Rinner’s meticulous debut plays like a black comedy—until it doesn’t—and the only false move comes with the closing shot, which unnecessarily makes good on the intimations of social breakdown in the film’s opening scenes.
March 05, 2015
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