Easy on the eyes but hard to swallow, the Spanish suspenser Intacto centers on people with ”the gift” of luck who play high-stakes games of chance against one another. Federico (Poncela) is one of these gifted folk, but his winning streak ends when he falls out with the casino-dwelling ”king of fate” (a creepy Max von Sydow). Aiming to reverse his fortunes, Federico finds someone who’s really lucky: bank robber Tomas (Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a plane crash. Tomas competes in odd games – like running through the woods blindfolded and seeing who will be the last to run into a tree. It’s all muy bizarre. But director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gives the film a sharp, noirish look that’s nicely complemented by Lucio Godoy’s eerie music. EXTRAS If you’re still perplexed at the end, the making-of featurette will increase your chances of understanding the arty thriller.
Genre: Foreign Language, Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Monica Lopez, Eusebio Poncela, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Max von Sydow; Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo; Author: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Andres Koppel; Release Date Limited: 12/13/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted July 11 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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