Celda 211/ Cell 211 (2009)
Thrilling Spanish prison movie this is. I smell a Hollywood remake of this one.
Juan is getting a guide through a prison where he will be working his next days. In the middle of the tour, the inmates make a riot, taking over some blocks in the prison and Juan is caught inside. His only way to survive is to pretend he is a real prisoner, and he does so. With the other crazy inmates he befriends the leader of the riot, Malamadre, who fully believes Juan is one of his own kinds.
Why did I like it? Well, it was never boring, the cast was great (almost every inmate looked real), it contained a lot of disgusting real-looking blood scenes, and there was an interesting story.
My rating: 7,5/10
Püha Tõnu kiusamine/ The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)
Wow… This Estonian strange, absurd, interesting movie really deserves a “wow”. I can’t believe it isn’t more known. It would, if it was an American movie, that’s for sure! On imdb there are only 195 votes with an average rating of 7,2/10.
Well, it’s kind of hard to describe what the movie is about, but I can try:
It’s about a factory manager who recently lost his father. On his way home from the funeral he drives over a dog, and when he drags the dog into a forest he discovers a bunch of sawed off hands. He reports the findings to a police station, and there he kind of rescues a beautiful woman.
This strange, mystical, funny, scary movie is in black and white and has a very beautiful cinematography. It’s stylish, original… really interesting thing. I’ve never seen something like this. It could be compared with some of David Lynch’s movies, maybe Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, and maybe Roy Anderson.
Everything in this movie is extraordinary; powerful suitable soundtrack, the acting, the nice images and the mystical story. I didn’t understand the whole of it, but enough to just sit back and enjoy. I’m looking forward to read a full analysis of it, if it’s available.
My rating: 9,5/10