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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Gabriele (MEDITERRANEO) Salvatores ’ child’s POV thriller is bewitchingly photographed in the So. Italian wheat country, with some well earned frights and a solid narrative line (solemn, observant boy discovers kidnapped child, but is paralyzed from action when he finds his own father is in on the deal), but it never lives up to the promise of its superb opening. Once the lead’s playmates leave the scene, everyone on screen has to go into mental slo-mo so the plot doesn’t dead-end before all the verses get sung. The last twenty minutes gain some force, largely by sly/oblique references to the NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, but then the finis is a big cop out.

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