Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras´s third feature To Kill a Man follows a tranquil, middle-class family man, Jorge, whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs.
One night on his way home with a birthday cake he gets humiliatingly mugged by local hoodlums. Jorge’s teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father, which only gets him a bullet in the leg. The police issue an ineffective restraining order, but when his young daughter gets sexually assaulted by the gang, Jorge quietly resolves to take matters into his own hands.
Injecting himself with insulin every day for his diabetes, Jorge pitifully struggles, desperate to get out of feckless situations and to protect his family. Fernandez Almendras terrifically calculates the tension with increasing violence and threats, which reaches its peak in the scene featuring a car alarm used as a lure.
Its well-knit plot gives the audience a rather intellectual satisfaction compared to the average movies of same style and it outstands with remarkable character portrayal. Winner of World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
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