Friday, January 14, 2011

PVC-1 (2007)

The best words to describe this extraordinary single shot film could be :
Breatheless, intensity, suspense! 
Shot in real time, PVC-1 is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism in 2000. A gang whose members are a family attack another one in their farm in the middle of a jungle somewhere in Colombia. Their motivation are money so they put on mother's neck a PVC tube full of explosives. 
She and her family will have to find 15 million pesos or her head will explode. It is ironic that this family has no money at all and even no electricity working at their house. Father will make an appointment with local authorities at an abandoned place to see how they can help his wife. Panic is everywhere and a specialist into explosives try to switch off the bomb but he is so nervous. Is she going to survive?  
The effect of real time direction will make you fell nervous as a person on location. It is written in the most minimalistic form I ever seen. Without any artificial lighting, without any close ups, without any cuts, with only little dialogue, with amateurish acting and no soundtrack at all, talented Greek director Spiros Stathoulopoulos reaches the level of high profile film-directing.

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