Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Perfidy": Chilian director gives us a curious introspection of a hit man on a mission in a winter resort

  
Perfidy” (or "Perfidia") is a term I should have learned about in Army Basic, as it can violate the Geneva Convention, when it involves a “false surrender” in war.

But in the little independent film by Chilian director Rodrigo Bellott, it’s a little less clear how the concept applies, although the 85-minute film is a fascination up-close journey of a young man’s “mission”.
  
For most of the film, we follow Gus (Gonzalo Valenzuela), as he rides a bus to an obscure resort in snowy upstate New York, and settles into his room.  Attractive enough, he preens himself (false foreshadowing), and finally removes his beard and mustache, even trimming his hair himself enough to reveal a “widow’s peak”.  He does calesthenics, he irons his clothes.  (How many young men do that?)  He takes a bath.  Then he goes out to the pubs briefly.
  
He spots another young couple (Levi Freeman and Heidi Schreck), and soon confirms that they’re in an adjacent room.  There is some mysterious appointment at 4 AM, and he starts using his room safe.  There is money, and a weapon with a silencer. 
   
At this point, it would say too much to go into the speculative twists, which are open to interpretation.
The only official site comes from the small distributor, Ondamax, here, a company that focuses on Latin American films.

  
The Netflix stream offers the film in English, Spanish or Portuguese with subtitles.  The actual shooting locations were in the Finger Lakes area of New York State, I believe. 
   

The camera tends to dawdle on the “male form”, and the film has a lot of long takes, expressing a style and outlook rather like some of the “1313” movies (July 18).  

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