DVD - 2014 | Spanish
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A dapper, fastidious tailor moonlights as a cannibal who preys on Eastern European women. Yet, beneath his murderous facade beats a heart that's still fully human and capable of falling in love with a would-be victim.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781490632599
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CANNI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117, 15 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video
Alternative Title: Film Movement presents
Notes: Bonus short film: Ogre, directed by Jean-Charles Paugam (15 minutes)
Based on the novel Caríbal by Humberto Arenal
Cannibal -- Ogre


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Mar 18, 2019

Directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca in 2013, this Spanish-Romanian thriller delves into the life of a soft-spoken tailor that hides a secret double life as a serial killer.
He stalks his prey carefully and carts them off to a remote mountain cabin where he slices them up to devour later at his convenience.
Superb is the performance of Antonio de la Torre, but the story seems disgusting and horrible.
However, you might be able to understand his mind by viewing the protagonist's fine acting.

Dec 16, 2018

Is it really possible for a cannibal to fall in love with his lunch? The ridiculous premise of Manuel Cuenca’s film would be more palatable were it presented as a comedy, but as a completely sober psychodrama its plodding pace and lifeless script offer neither romance nor chills. Lead Antonio de la Torre portrays Carols as a mere shell with no backstory other than a few haphazard comments which go nowhere while Olimpia Melinte plays an awkward double role as both victim and sweetheart. The two might as well have been in separate movies for all the onscreen chemistry they share. At least Pau Birba’s moody cinematography "shows" a good story with close shots of the world passing by Carlos’ barred shop window or huge panoramas of howling snowstorms and rocky crags. With gore only implied, Birba manages to generate a few mild frissons with the first roadside kill and a subsequent seaside stalking—Carlos caressing his victims like an ardent lover as he reaches for the cleaver—but his art is wasted on the film’s overall banality. One penultimate passage does try to reflect something of Carlos’ troubled psyche (love as a wasteland?) but it quickly gets lost among the mountains. Then, seemingly as a desperate last measure, Cuenca throws in some Catholic voodoo with a statue of the Virgin (aka Immaculate Barbie) parading past like the ultimate morsel. And finally, clean out of fresh ideas (?), he ties it up with a resolution so absurd Hannibal Lecter would have spewed his chianti.

Oct 31, 2015

It is beautifully Photographed and the acting is very subtle, sometimes to the point of somnambulism. However, Ms Melinte, had a wonderful moment that ran the gamut and screamed the emotions, without uttering a sound. I liked it. It rather grew on you like a fungus, because it was sssslllloooooooowwwwww, oh, so. But I kept watching, wondering, commenting, criticizing and Oh No!ing amidst the grandeur of the Spanish countyside and mountains. Just make sure you're well rested when you see it.

Aug 23, 2014

A sheer delight of cinematic experience. Beautifully photographed and understated performances by the 2 main actors which balances somehow the gruesome subject matter. One of the best films I've seen this year and possibly the best from Spain!


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