Intacto

2002

Intacto

Critics Consensus

The plot gimmick is original, bolstered by stylishly intriguing setpieces.

72%

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Total Count: 72

82%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,056
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Some people are born with good luck, but others try to attain it however they can -- and at any cost -- in this offbeat psychological thriller from Spain. Samuel Berg (Max Von Sydow) is an elderly man who lives beneath a gambling casino on an island off the Spanish coast. In Berg's world, good fortune is a commodity that can be acquired from others, and while would-be gambler Federico (Eusebio Poncela) has a genuine talent for taking good luck from those who have it, Berg's gift is even stronger, and after a long day of absorbing positive vibrations from winning gamblers, Berg steals the day's "take" from him, leaving Federico to plan his revenge. Federico becomes aware of Tomas (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a man who recently survived a plane crash, and is convinced he has even more luck than Berg can overcome; the two become partners, and Federico enters Tomas in an underground tournament designed to determine who Lady Luck smiles upon most sweetly. After Federico and Tomas win a handsome home from Alejandro (Antonio Dechent), a former bullfighter, the pair seems poised to go up against Berg and claim his luck as their own, but Sara (Monica Lopez), a police investigator, is convinced Federico and Tomas are up to no good and begins exploring their bizarre secret world. Intacto received its American premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Intacto

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (20)

  • Fresnadillo has something serious to say about the ways in which extravagant chance can distort our perspective and throw us off the path of good sense.

    May 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

    Jan Stuart

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • So fiendishly cunning that even the most jaded cinema audiences will leave the auditorium feeling dizzy, confused, and totally disorientated. Not to mention absolutely refreshed.

    Apr 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • The casting of von Sydow ... is itself Intacto's luckiest stroke.

    Feb 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Nothing if not hip, but its questions are more coffee-shop hypothetical than genuinely profound.

    Feb 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • I admired Intacto more than I liked it, for its ingenious construction and the way it keeps a certain chilly distance between its story and the dangers of popular entertainment.

    Feb 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A clever, original thriller that bows to no genre.

    Feb 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Intacto

  • Mar 16, 2012
    Very fine little thriller. Visually stylish and interesting. It's original and sort of clever. It's not surprising Fresnadillo ended up making English-language film afterward.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2011
    This is a pretty damn good movie, one that takes a while to get into but a really good movie nonetheless. The main problem the movie has is that it spends over half the running time explaining the game without ACTUALLY explaining what the game is. The game is so and so but you really have no idea what it is at any point. Eventually I figured it out on my own what the fucking game really was, and then everything finally fell into place and I could really get into the movie. I don't know if I was just completely and utterly retarded this day or whether the rules of the game were just poorly written. I'd like to think it's a combination of both. But the idea is really good and innovative and the story is presented in a completely believable way, and everything feels more important because of it. There's no goofy shit here and everything that goes on in this world matters. So overall, despite some issues at the beginning, this is a very good movie with an innovative presentation. Definitely an underrated movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2011
    This thriller was first released in Spain during November, 2001, and then internationally on the film festival circuit in 2002. It was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.It stars Leonardo Sbaraglia, Eusebio Poncela, Mónica López, Antonio Dechent, and Max von Sydow.The film depicts an underground trade in luck; where fortune flows from those who have less to those who have more. Rooted in magical realism, the premise purports that luck can be amassed and transferred as any other commodity.The story follows several participants as they engage in literal games of chance, each one more risky than the last to eliminate the unlucky.With an european art film mood, this film is a surprise with an original screenplay and growing unexpected climax.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2009
    The interesting premise to this Spanish thriller is that some people are luckier than others, and those with the gift of luck play in a series of secret tournaments where they face off against each other, sometimes for fatal stakes. Max von Sydow, playing a Holocaust survivor, is the luckiest man alive---but can a man who miraculously survived an airplane crash unseat him? The idea of the underground luck circuit, and the strange, ritualistic games they play to determine who among them is the luckiest, is the most interesting thing about it; the rest of the movie is moody, humorless, and distant, and doesn't generate as much suspense as you might hope.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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