Dot the I (2003)
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as Kit Winter
as Carmen Colazzo
as Barnaby R. Caspian
as Maitre D'
as Carmen's Friend
as Burger Bar Manager
as Hotel Manager
as Hotel Security
as Kit's Father
as Kit's Mother
as Flamenco Guitarist
as Flamenco Singer
as Detective 1
as Detective 2
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Critic Reviews for Dot the I
As much as it tries to be a smart, postmodern indie film, dot the i is pure Hollywood fluff.
Parkhill tries to keep new blood pulsing through the film, but the movie stalls by its third act, where he plays a trick that seems more desperate than fresh.
Take a long, hard look at Parkhill's film, and you'll find too many i's undotted.
While stylishly done, Parkhill's script isn't nearly as clever as he thinks it is, and the sucker punch near the end lacks, well, punch.
Inflicts great pain on the audience by wringing its plot into a bruised and pulpy mass.
Dot the I doesn't suffer from a lack of skill. Rather it becomes a lesson in the pitfalls of moviemaking that runs on cleverness and too little else.
Audience Reviews for Dot the I
Starts off predictably, then gets interesting towards the end but only slightly interesting. Worth the worth for Gael Garcia Bernal..but that's about it.
In general, to avoid "spoiler reviews," I try to spend most of my time talking specifically about act one and talk in generalities about acts two and three. Act one of Dot the I sucks. We get relatively uninteresting characters, and it is obvious that the film is trying to set up a thriller plot-line, but we're never given any real clues to build the suspense.
Acts two and three rock! The thriller plot-line manifests and turns this film into a brutal version of The Shape of Things. I especially liked the satire of the independent film industry, and that's about all I can say without spoiling the prestige.
Verbeke is a beautiful, doe-eyed innocent with a flash of the bad girl here and there; she makes for an alluring screen presence, but I don't see much depth in her performance. D'Arcy is fantastic in acts two and three, but he's as boring as the film in act one. In the few Bernal films I've seen, he does a Mexican imitation of Jim Carrey and Zach Braff, but he is able to keep that annoying side of his acting under control for most of Dot the I.
Overall, if it were possible to skip the first forty-five minutes and still understand the film, I'd suggest it.
This is a big champagne budget movie done on a beer budget. Seeing how the story is told with what appears to be several beginners at the helm made it even more fun and bordered on artistic for me! It was an enjoyable movie to pass some time watching.
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