Les Horas del día (The Hours of the Day) (2003)
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Harrowing and unforgettable. The story of a middle-aged man trapped by the routine that has become his life: he wakes up, brushes his teeth, opens his failing store, visits his bored girlfriend, and returns home to his mother. The routine never varies, his relationships never mature, he is always at the mercy of his inhibitions. The film takes a frightening turn in a 10 minute sequence where he proceeds to, unprovoked and unflinchingly kill a female cab driver. He strangles her, punches her repeatedly and, still unsatisfied, pounds on her with a rock. He then returns to his typical every-day routine and no one is ever the wiser. It is tempting to view the film as a portrait of a serial killer, a sociopath whose 'routine' is merely a ruse, but the film is much deeper. It is about the murderous rage hidden beneath the monotonous, repetitive lifestyle of the working stiff, the anger generated by a dead-end, blue collar existence which offers no way out. It is telling that, were the murder sequences removed, the film would feel complete. This is not about a psychopath planning his attacks and waiting until the opportune time but a parable for an entire group that finds no outlet for the unfair way society has pigeonholed them. This film is a brave, stark, searing work of art. It is certainly not for all tastes, but those with the patience, intelligence and a true love of film will be spellbound.
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