Rabia (2009) Review

One of the most important Latino directors of the decade, Sebastian Cordero, released in Colombia on Friday his latest film, Rabia, an adaptation made by himself from a successful novel of the Argentine Sergio Bizzio, a prolific writer, filmmaker and musician whose story entitled “Cynicism” was the basis of the annotated debut XXY, his wife, the filmmaker Lucia Puenzo.

Rabia is a psychological drama which tells of an impossible love, claustrophobic and ironically so close. Jose Maria is a Mexican immigrant seeking a better life in Spain, where he works as a laborer. For his part, Rose is a delicate and sweet Colombian working as domestic maids in a family home.

Similar experiences have had these two characters are united in a deep and sincere love despite being so different,  Ceramic Tiles. Rosa has learned to accept with resignation that is in a country that does not belong, while Jose Maria repressed all that atmosphere of xenophobia that surrounds them and turn into a being full of resentment, jealousy and dangerously compulsive disorder.

Love and hate, come together when Jose Maria vent all that it contains with the foreman who works for killing him. The choice of this character is hiding in the attic of the big house where his girlfriend. The perfect hideaway for his crime solving with immediacy, but at the passing of the hours, days, months, you become a being immersed in the anonymity that hears, sees but is not entitled to “vote.” An immigrant more submerged in a developed country who might care little or nothing.

Meanwhile Rosa suffers from the absence and silence of her missing love, but true to his personality supports its daily and two patterns, the husband, a man who treats his fellow men as the status and the wife, an alcoholic woman who seems have a more humane treatment to her.

One of the cornerstones of this story lies in the outstanding performances of the cast who understood that Rage could not be told from the explosion of feelings and effusive, but by the sum of different situations, handled all so contained. Since the restraint on the actions of Elorriaga Xavier Concha Velasco and ferocity to the role of Gustavo Sánchez Parra (Jose Maria), whose transformation occurs from the inside out. His performance is brilliant, as convincing as they should have lost 13 kg.

Rabia is not then a police thriller, is on the contrary, a frustrated love song, xenophobia, indifference and the sad loneliness of a man who drowned in despair. The tone, the first-person narration, photography and scenes of fumigation and the final sequence (a wonder), are details that prove once again, the talent of this director and this film more sophisticated way.

Unfortunately the actions of the Colombian Martina Garcia, did not convince me much. Still shaping their interpretations tenderness and fragility of his beautiful personality and unfortunately, I could perceive a character similar in young English student created for the film “Satan” by Andy Baiz. On the other hand, because of the claustrophobic feeling that intended to cause, the film succumbs at times the pace, exaggerating the downturn of events causing loss of strength somewhat.

Rabia is undoubtedly one of the best releases of 2010 Latino, a film that very quickly leads us into a big, old house, in its nooks and crannies, suffocating, we cloisters, disturbs, fortunately in the end, we can out and see the light. What a great way to end it.

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This post was written by Jeff H.

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