Thursday, April 20, 2017

Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)


I really appreciate how this film takes its time. It appreciates the importance of building to a climax. But it also appreciates the importance of a good tease. That opening where the reporter is taking down the bare bone facts of the story is a master stroke. It satiates the impatient viewers by letting them know where things are headed, while also building a sense of dread into every moment that follows. There are no happy scenes because we know what is to follow. Innocent questions of who will stay and who will go have life or death stakes. Even unintended things like the priest's glasses and that PA system give unintended dread by conjuring Jonestown two years before it even happened. Movies don't get much more horrific. And it is all true.

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