Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Night Buffalo

A tightly written thriller by the highly acclaimed Guillermo Arriaga who also gave us Amores Perros, Babel,  The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, centers around the aftermath of a suicide by a recovered schizophrenic, Gregorio. His main links to the outside world are his girl friend, Tania and best friend Manuel who unbeknown to him (or maybe not) have been carrying out an affair. Soon he starts speaking to Manuel from the grave through hand written notes and forgotten pictures. Some casual erotica and a hint of magic realism only continue to round the movie out. However, as we careen towards the climax you are left unsatisfied with many unanswered questions. But little can be blamed on the acting or directing which have been superb. Maybe Arriaga's novel will contain the answers...

Rating: * +

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