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Jason, Bellville. 8 October 2010
Film noir in high school drama clothing, with the air of parody nowhere to be found.
Simple story: hard-boiled high-school cynic investigates the death of his former love, and discovers more than he bargained for. All film noir archetypes are here: crimelord, femme fatale and an assortment of hired goons. Only they've been transposed to the high school movie trope. This setup could have easily been played for laughs, but this movie assumes a very serious air that works amazingly well. The acting is effective, the camera work subtle and occasionally disorientating, and the pacing finds an impressive balance between slow and riveting. So in the end we have a slowly unfolding tale that relentlessly holds your attention. I was drawn to this by the novelty of its premise, and left with quite a unique viewing experience. Long live, low budget indie movies.
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