Under the title that reminds of a book on sociology or philosophy, Benjamin Naishtat has woven into History Of Fear the incomprehensible episodes taking place in the suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Instead of presenting one central narrative, the sociological thriller raises a question: What is the origin of fear that lies at the root of modern minds? The fear is derived from what most of us are afraid of giving away: namely, family, health, wealth, or power.
Another conclusion of the film is that the most of our fear is derived from ´the invisible´. In ontological level, what is invisible pairs up with what we are not able to comprehend; ignorance, disconnection, and insensitivity.
The characters in the film seem all so uncomfortable and the hatred, distrust and violent are prevailing in the community. However, the film doesn´t seem to clarify what created that much anxiety. What is worse, the audience are unable to fathom the personality or the inside of the characters. It is the ignorance that produces prolonged tension.
The fear of ignorance connects with the ´sound´ which is another important feature of the film. Opened with the unsettling noise of a helicopter, the film excludes any form of scores and lead itself with the panorama of natural sounds. Giving up traditional horror movie scores that maintains tension, the film´s use of nerve-rattling sound is simply outstanding.
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