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  1. Mike Jempson's rating of the film Salvo

  2. PFL's rating of the film Salvo

    Every shot of "Salvo" is beautifully composed: the warm glow of the interiors contrasting with the brilliant, hard-edged light of the outdoors (perhaps an echo of the protagonist's own duality). In this near-wordless picture it is the faces (and especially the eyes) of the two leads that draw the camera, and both actors do superb work. An impressive, intelligently-made film.

  3. Superfrog's rating of the film Salvo

    Photography is great, silence intriguing but the whole lacks cohesion. Great work on the opening scenes as well as the depiction of blindness makes it a worthy piece.

  4. The Boreal Chorus's rating of the film Salvo

    Not simply just another "hit man grapples with redemption" story, this minimalist rendition of what one would assume to be a clichéd series of action set pieces is carefully rewound and reenacted successfully by the protagonist-duo's understated performances. Reminiscent of Bresson's 'Pickpocket' with it's Dostoyevskian undertones, the two characters' interior lives gradually begin to mirror one another.

  5. Zachariah Rigby's rating of the film Salvo

    A clichéd and potentially saccharine story of redemption, saved by the writer/directors' minimalist approach to dialogue and masterful use of light and sound.

  6. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Salvo

    A hitman decides not to kill one particular target in this enjoyable, if slightly familiar, thriller. Great central performances help, and the third act feels satisfying without really cheating the viewers or characters.

  7. Richard Stopford's rating of the film Salvo

    It's certainly pretty: all heavy colours and deep shadows. But after a promising start, the film falls apart. Everyone's clearly committed but Serraiocco's performance is as fetishistic as the camera that follows her. Bakri is soulful and tough. The problem is, it can't overcome its machismo world-view. No matter how seriously we're supposed to take the plot and character development, I simply couldn't.

  8. Terence M. Brennen's rating of the film Salvo

    Although it seems to move slowly, the storytelling is tight, with much of the film told without words. Very good performances by the cast, especially the award-winning film debut by Sara Serraiocco.

  9. caitlin.f's rating of the film Salvo

  10. David R Williams's rating of the film Salvo

    The third star for Sara Serraiocco's amazing performance. Otherwise, I lost interest in the one note storyline about halfway through.

  11. jordan scott's rating of the film Salvo

    The first half hour is brilliant and then the film kinda falls apart after that.

  12. A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Salvo

    It's bad enough that this film doesn't exactly have an original concept, but it's so sloppily executed on top of that. The filmmakers not only soullessly go through the motions of a "hit man-goes-good" story, but it's a slow and confusing experience as well. Saleh Bakri is a stone-faced leading man, and I found Sara Serraiocco's performance grating and unconvincing. "The Killer," it is not!

  13. Jimbrowski's rating of the film Salvo

    Featuring all the quiet intensity of Le Samouraï coupled with a contemporary neorealist aesthetic, Salvo belongs next to such modern crime masterworks as A Prophet & Gomorrah.

  14. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Salvo

    It opens very much like your traditional Mafia film, but then does something very different. It's the first time I've seen blindness portrayed accurately. I like Salvo because he's the kind of dude where you don't have to keep giving him orders. He follows through. He's a bit of a cipher at first, but gradually builds his character up. Great acting and surprises too.

  15. Stefano Pedrocchi's rating of the film Salvo

    Some serious beauty here. Just gets a little bit too "in your face" at the end in my view. Sara Serraiocco is really remarkable.

  16. Ameille's rating of the film Salvo

  17. José Neves's rating of the film Salvo

  18. MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Salvo

  19. apexa's rating of the film Salvo

    Yet another illustration of the subtle and remarkable skills of Saleh Bakri.

  20. Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Salvo

    The film plays with a variety of atmospheres, in which the use of light, sound, and silence, have preponderant roles...

  21. Violins By Night's rating of the film Salvo

    Enjoyable, despite it not making a heck of a lot of sense in places.

  22. amicinema's rating of the film Salvo

    Ne parliamo qui:

  23. msmichel's rating of the film Salvo

    FNC '13 In Palermo a killer for the local chapter of the Mafia takes out an enemy but can't force himself to kill the man's blind sister and hides her away knowing the end result cannot be positive. He discovers his own empathy and his humanity in the sacrifice that follows. Such an amazing use of sound and silence despite its genre trappings resulting in a powerful work capped by two great lead performances.

  24. Michael Harbour's rating of the film Salvo

    The gangster and the inconvenient girl. Motivations are left too much to the imagination but there's some good moviemaking in play here.

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