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Cannibal (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 112 minutes
 
Release Date: July 2014 (USA)
 
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2.5/ 5


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An interesting take on how any thing can seem ordinary, and everyone can find love.

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Sets such a slow pace, it's almost excruciating.


Final Fiendish Findings?

From director Manuel Martín Cuenca comes a love story…of sorts. Cannibal follows the life and times of Carlos, who lives a solitary and structured life as a premier tailor in Granada. Carlos is precise, meticulous even, and takes pride in his work, while enjoying the solitude of his quiet apartment when work is done. This […]

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Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

From director Manuel Martín Cuenca comes a love story…of sorts.

Cannibal follows the life and times of Carlos, who lives a solitary and structured life as a premier tailor in Granada. Carlos is precise, meticulous even, and takes pride in his work, while enjoying the solitude of his quiet apartment when work is done. This solitude is soon interrupted when an outgoing and persistent new neighbor brings beauty, charm, and more than a little trouble into his life. As he begins to open himself – and his apartment – up to the new possibilities that such a relationship could bring, there is an ever looming threat that his secret will be revealed, thus ruining not only their relationship, but everything he has worked so hard to achieve.

The secret, of course, is that quiet, professional, well respected Carlos is a cannibal (you probably guessed that from the title). The film makes that exceedingly apparent right from the start, make it just as much a film about a man living dual, seemingly polar opposite lives, as it is about the burgeoning love between him and his neighbor. In many ways, this is done very well. Each person Carlos comes across has you wondering and guessing. Will they figure out his deepest secret? Carlos’ evil deeds finally come back to haunt him? And, of course, you constantly wonder if Carlos is going to eat them. It’s delightful, in a suspenseful and truly odd sort of way.

Carlos, as a character, comes off as a really creepy sort of guy. Fastidious and unfailingly polite, it is nonetheless immediately apparent that something is just a little off about him. As for his beautiful neighbors, they come across as quite calculating and somewhat needy in turn, and serve as a good foil for Carlos’ manipulations. The ensuing love story makes for some good introspection on the concept of every person being capable of receiving and giving love, no matter what sorts of heinous acts they may have committed. It’s an interesting play on good and evil, that leans decidedly to the evil side.

Where the film suffers – grievously so – is in particular in the pacing. It is incredibly slow moving much of the time, to the point where you just want to yell “get on with it” at the screen. There is scene after scene of Carlos carrying on with his regular life, many of them without even any sort of dialogue to mix up the dullness of it. In fact, even scenes that should be rather horrifying (such as Carlos digging into a delicious meal of people) come across as boring. Perhaps this was the intent – to show that this is simply part of day to day life for him, but it really makes for a difficult film to engross yourself in, and painfully so at that.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)