William Stevenson
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Intacto

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/13/02
performer
Monica Lopez, Eusebio Poncela, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Max von Sydow
director
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Andres Koppel
genre
Foreign Language, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Easy on the eyes but hard to swallow, the Spanish suspenser Intacto centers on people with ”the gift” of luck who play high-stakes games of chance against one another. Federico (Poncela) is one of these gifted folk, but his winning streak ends when he falls out with the casino-dwelling ”king of fate” (a creepy Max von Sydow). Aiming to reverse his fortunes, Federico finds someone who’s really lucky: bank robber Tomas (Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a plane crash. Tomas competes in odd games — like running through the woods blindfolded and seeing who will be the last to run into a tree. It’s all muy bizarre. But director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gives the film a sharp, noirish look that’s nicely complemented by Lucio Godoy’s eerie music. EXTRAS If you’re still perplexed at the end, the making-of featurette will increase your chances of understanding the arty thriller.

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