Title: Daniel & Ana

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2009

Genre: Drama

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Michel Franco

Writer: Michel Franco

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392888/

Plot:
Two happy siblings, Daniel and Ana, are suddenly kidnapped and forced to have sex with eachother in front of the camera. The siblings are then brought back home and not a word about that day is mentioned to anyone, but their lives are changed forever.

Our thoughts:
Strand Releasing have proved once again that they release some of the most bleak and provoking titles no one has seen. First "S.", then "Criminal Lovers" and now this. They're all very different but also shared alot of things, even if not directly plotwise. "Daniel & Ana" is probably the brightest of the three but still a very depressing film. It does have some light in the end of the tunnel, but the thoughts we're left with kills the light pretty quickly.

The film starts with a bang. Really, it takes 20 minutes for the viewer to get to know the siblings, see them get kidnapped and then, of course, see them have sex with eachother in front of a camera. The movie starts out with a fast pace and gets pretty shocking fast. However, after this is over with, the movie completely switches to a lower gear and becomes the slow drama that I had expected it to be. It's interesting still, as it lets us get into the minds of a brother and sister who were just forced to have sex with eachother. It's a fucked up thought and I think the movie delivers it to the viewer pretty well, even though it becomes a bit drawn out after a while. But it has a few things thrown in here and there that mix it up and make us feel plenty uncomfortable.

Relying heavily on drama and the characters, it's hard not to get picky with what they do and how they act, but I must admit that I think the entire cast in this film worked perfectly. The spanish dialogue I can't comment too much on, but the expressions speak loudly and that's all this movie really needed. I especially give credits to Marimar Vega (Ana) for the fantastic acting through-out.

It's a very awkward movie. Because the sex is as graphic as it is, we're struck with the shock straight away, and it stays with us even when nothing is going on. Now, I don't mean the sex is graphic as in showing penetration, but it shows it in a way that definitely makes it believable and disturbing.

It's a very slow movie after the kidnapping and even though I think it was good, it's not without being a bit TOO slow at times. We do however get a good view of them trying to live normal lives after the abuse and it works. Recommended film for sure, but not something to watch if you wanna be shocked or disturbed. It has some fucked up stuff, but the movie focuses more on drama.


Positive things:
- Great acting makes the film work.
- A messed up story.
- Marimar Vega!
Negative things:
- Definitely gets slow after the kidnapping.
- The kidnapping is pretty random, unless my thought of what was going on is correct. Sadly I can't reveal that in the review.

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

We got this movie from:
StrandReleasing.com

It can be bought from:
StrandReleasing.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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