martes, 12 de octubre de 2010

Confessions o tres spicópatas por aula solo

The world of Confessions is a cold world. A dark world filled with revenge, loneliness and broken chacters. Confessions is also the latest film from Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima, who achieved international success with Kamikaze Girls back in 1994. In his latest work as director he's also in charge of writing the script, adapting a novel from Kanae Minato.

The film starts abruptly with a chaotic situation: a teacher who remains impassive in front of a class where lack of interest and disorder reigns, as she calmly keeps talking until her monologue culminates in a shocking revelation. The tragic accident of her daughter wasn't no accident at all, it was a murder perpetrated by two of her students. But it's not the point of the movie to discover who are these young killers, as we get this information right from the start. It's about unraveling the events that lead to the killing and the reasons behind it, and we get this information through the confessions (of course) of the different characters.

As I was saying at the beginning, this films presents us a dark and cold world. A world where the youth has lost its way and doesn't care about right or wrong anymore, knowing they're safe as they're too young to be prosecuted by the law. And Nakashima succeeds in getting this feeling to the audience. Confessions is at times a very hypnotic movie, with its elegant and abundant use of the slow motion and the constant use of the music to help create the right atmosphere. It manages to keep the narrative of the movie flowing, slowly but steady, and keeps the viewer hooked in.

Maybe there are some downtimes around the second third of the movie, when things slow down a little too much. But as the film nears its end, things start building up again to reach the final climax, when everything comes finally together. And I can assure you won't be disappointed.

Confessions is an icy psychological thriller, well directed and acted, that manages to keep the grip on the audience until the end. It's not the first film about the current lack of values of the Japanese youth (and probably won't be the last), and it's not an optimistic view on the subject. But it's a very interesting and entertaining movie, as the positive reaction from the audience here in Sitges proved.

Review by Guillem Rosset

Fuente: Twitch

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