Dragged Across Concrete ★★★½

North american tale of blood and individualism. Family, violence and money. A systematic approach towards realism unfolding a structure that is so objective in its portrayal of social dynamics and so harsh in its dramatic articulations. The cracked humour is excellent and all three main characters are simply great, reaching some of the most thrilling and suspenseful confrontations I’ve seen in a while after the main heist and during its final conflict. That ocre light, the smell of concrete and splashed organs on the pavement, burning tires and twisted metal, honor as a modulation of pride, beyond good and evil is mostly evil, but even so the film seems somehow even more telling than it would with a more humane approach. Zahler manages to be so physically direct and merciless with his relentless exposure of ugliness and prejudice while keeping the film’s matter so full of great small touches, truly a gem.

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