2009, Sebastián Cordero, Spain/Mexico/Colombia, 96 min.
With Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Martina García
One of the most unpredictable thrillers of recent years, RABIA begins as a Loachian critique of immigrant working conditions, then becomes a Hitchcockian murder drama, a Viscontian portrait of decadent wealth, a Buñuelian black comedy, a high-tension stalker film, and much more. A hot-headed Colombian construction worker in Spain murders his boss, then hides out, undetected but omnipresent, in the attic of the mansion where his girlfriend works as a maid. Parra’s tour-de-force performance as the menacing yet pathetic anti-hero is matched by the tour-de-force camerawork that transforms the vast mansion into a virtual character in the film. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)