classified 12A S

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2021

Andreas Fontana
Fabrizio Rongione, Elli Medeiros, Stephanie Cleau
100 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Switzerland
Primary language

This compelling conspiracy thriller sees a Swiss banker navigating his way around an Argentinian dictatorship where disappearances have becoming a worrying fact of life.

Private banker Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione) has recently arrived in Buenos Aires with his elegant wife Inés (Stéphanie Cléau). It’s 1980 and the military dictatorship is consolidating its grip on the country through terror, intimidation and forced disappearances. His predecessor René is nowhere to be seen – perhaps himself disappeared – and Yvan must tread a careful path to balance the interests of his wealthy clients with a perilous political situation.

Writer/director Andreas Fontana delivers a nuanced, atmospheric political thriller with a clear nod to Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, capturing the murkiness and danger of the world Yvan does business in, where polished exteriors mask illicit and often deadly practices.