On a rainy night in Bogata Jorge is dropping off a fare. Across the way car pulls up and two men tell Jorge that they want to set up a meeting for their boss to give him information about the death of his brother. Jorge doesn't want to hear it and doesn't feel safe so gets out of his cab with a crow bar. One of the other men beats him up for "disrespecting" them. This then sets in motion a series of events that will result his meeting lonely party girl Angela and violence.
Nihilistic doesn't begin to describe this bleak black film. It's a film that hangs around you and makes you feel unclean. This is not a happy movie and you may hate yourself for seeing it, as a couple at the Tribeca film Festival screening I attended did. Its dark oppressive and you can't escape. It's a film that moves toward its conclusion with a certainty that none of the characters has, much like all of us.
Its clearly the calling card of a director with a huge amount of talent.
This is a film I admire a great deal. I'm still not sure I more than like it but at the same time I think that this a film worth seeing.
A word of warning there is full frontal nudity, graphic sex, violence and general unpleasantness. This is a film that will probably be released in the US as either an NC17 or more likely unrated. Keep the kids away.
Taxi driver Jose begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder at the hands of a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces already set in motion, drawing them inexorably into the rain soaked underworld of Bogota.
March 11, 2023 at 05:37 AM