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Rojo

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Argentina, Brazil, France
·
2018

1h 46m

Director Benjamín Naishtat
Starring Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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Set in a small Argentinian town in 1975, the film depicts the life of a successful lawyer and prominent local leader, Claudio. However, his life takes a complicated turn when he gets into a quarrel with a stranger in a crowded restaurant.

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80

Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Writer/director Benjamin Naishtat’s subtle, twisting, state-of-the-nation drama works effectively as a noir-like thriller, and as an exploration of a country that has lost its moral compass.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

Grandinetti, with a bushy 1970s mustache, has the thankless job of carrying a film in which he plays a morally compromised character, which doesn’t directly warm him to the audience. But he does so with his trademark intelligence and grace, turning Claudio into a generally decent man who makes a few very bad choices.
80

Film Threat by Bradley Gibson

Benjamin Naishtat directs with a steady hand and a strong vision. Pedro Sotero’s cinematography reveals the place and time in a respectful style that captures the period without satirizing it. This is a film that satisfies on every level and bears repeated viewings.
75

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

It masterfully sustains a sense of “wrongness” that will be felt even by those unfamiliar with Argentina’s history.
80

Empire by David Parkinson

With each subplot reinforcing the simmering sense of unease, this compelling recreation of a pernicious period soberingly exposes the ease with which morality can become a casualty of human nature.
58

The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

I was entertained and perplexed in a way that seemed intentional — my confusion a result of Naishtat giving his audience the credit to read into things with their own historical and political interpretations.
80

Variety by Jessica Kiang

Rojo is a witheringly provocative examination of temporary moral eclipse becoming permanent moral apocalypse.
80

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Adopting a cool, oblique yet accessible approach that complements the washed-out, nicotine-stained palette, Naishtat builds a modular narrative that increasingly bristles.