Een jonge vrouw wint een 4-daagse vakantie in een hotel in Ostende, een badplaats in de buurt van Buenos Aires. Ze gaat alleen in het het laagseizoen, haar vriend komt later. De intrigerende micro-kosmos die ze daar binnentreed zit vol met onbekende verhalen.
Sinds het begin van de 20ste eeuw is de locatie van Ostende een emblematische vakantiebestemming. De film is een heerlijke komedie en een minimalistisch detectiveverhaal met Hitchcock-achtige ondertoon. Laura Citerella’s debutfilm is geproduceerd met Mariano Llinás van de Nieuwe Argentijnse Film.
"Ostende" is a quietly engrossing thriller which reminded me as much of Haneke in places as of Hitchcock. The film is anchored by a brilliant central performance from Laura Paredes and in showing the unfolding of events exclusively through her protagonist's eyes, director Citarella maintains a sense of mystery that is not even entirely lifted at the end of the movie's memorable final scene.
Gah! Moguillansky’s editing is so fun it distracts me from every movie he’s edited. Precociously expressive, like there’s some literal synthesthetic language he’s got some sort of access to; flow itself. The film, as directed by Citarella, stays pretty safely in postmodernism’s shallow end, with its conceptual basis not nearly flushed out enough to support the feature length run-time. Still, not bad. 2.75
2.5 I wanted to like this film, as there are so few movies about women traveling alone. Yet it took me 3 viewings to watch the whole thing. I kept falling asleep. There wasn't enough plot to sustain a feature-length movie. If we'd had a "B" story and "C" story, the film might have worked. As it is, the "A" story is too skimpy. Possibly more musical score could have helped, though the diegetic sound was appropriate.
3.5 Deși există o mulțime de parți pretențioase și neîndemînatice în "Ostende," și elemente interesante ca sunet neliniștitor din off-screen și atmosferă sinistră care face sânge a noastră înghețat. Mai ales, ultima secvență este atît temerar și înspăimîntator încît sunt îngrozit pînă în măduva oaselor // この"Ostende"には思わせぶりで拙い部分も多いが、オフスクリーンからの不愉快な音響や背筋を凍らせる不穏なムードなど興味深い要素もある。特に、大胆で不気味なラストには骨の髄までゾっとさせられた。
Perhaps a perfect film, with an equally perfect lead
performance. Shows that films don't have to be
"about"... anything--but, can just "be." Like life. Should
have been the model for hundreds of far inferior films made in the last ten years, in its meticulous
staying of course and microscopic attention to detail.
Stunning in its resonant aftermath...
The Mubi description talks of hitchockian undertones but the whole thing feels like an unapologetic and taut hitchockian pastiche with a delightfully unsettling score. The final scene is both banal and blood-curdling. Another Argentinian pepita de oro.
Written and directed by Laura Citarella, this stars Laura Paredes enjoying the prize of some free off-peak holiday time at a hotel. Noticing the activities of others in the hotel, she starts to create a scenario in her mind. Entirely fictional? Or does it have some core of truth?
Part laze in the sun, part Antonioni-esque look at passive witnesses to something that may or may not be dangerous. A little cracker.