Benjamin Naishtat’s noir thriller set during Argentina's Dirty War is wickedly confident and nerve-rackingly patient
ROJO PLAT D: Benjamin Naishtat. Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany. 109 min. Sep 10, 6 pm, TBLB 1 Sep 12, 1:45 pm, TBLB 4 Sep 15, 3 pm, TBLB 2. See listing. Rating: NNNNN
Naishtat’s wickedly confident and nerve-rackingly patient noir thriller stars Darío Grandinetti as Claudio, an entitled lawyer in Dirty War-era Argentina.
Before the film’s title even appears, Claudio has already had a hand in disappearing a tormented stranger who stirred up an inconvenient evening at a restaurant. Months later, Claudio’s handling a crooked real estate deal and a labour dispute while a private detective turns up poking around about the irate diner.
There are more strands that don’t immediately tie together. But Naishtat’s laundry load of an allegory works those in with cutting purpose, like throwing red socks among the whites just to show everybody’s true colours.