TIFF 2021: “Sundown”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Some characters in films are not easy to crack, understand or follow. Some of them make no sense. You try to read them, but nothing comes out of it. And when it happens you watch one of those films, congratulations – you won the lottery.

“Sundown” is the most bizarre film I’ve seen this year or any other. The most surreal, strange and unthinkable. Even after watching it, I still do not understand what Tim Roth’s Neil’s motives were. And if you happen to get it, maybe you should share it with the rest of the world.

Neil Bennett is a quiet man who enjoys quality time with his family in Mexico. He does not speak much, not even when he is with his sister, Allison (Charlotte Gainsbourg). They are so wealthy, they don’t have to worry about their next generation and generations after that. An eventful day turns into a tragic one when they receive a call about the passing of Neil and Allison’s mother.

The sister and her two children rushed to the airport along with Neil, but upon arrival, Neil pretends he forgot his passport and goes back to the beach to continue enjoying his time as if nothing happened. And the credit must go to the writer and director Michel Franco, who has created a bone-chilling mysterious drama you won’t easily forget.

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