July 11, 2012

Collaborator (2011)

Directed by: Martin Donovan
Country: USA

Plot: A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.
Quick comment: Martin Donovan, an experienced actor who has participated in more than 70 movies, including some of Hal Hartley’s best works, have his debut as director. “Collaborator” can be seen as a private little “war” that starts growing slowly between two men who know each other from childhood but happened to have different lives. Left wing vs. right wing; rich vs. poor; success vs. failure and acting vs. reality, were some of the battles fought. Some originality is shown.
Relevant awards: FIPRESCI Prize and best actor (Karlovy Vary).     

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