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Following on from his provocative thriller, New Order, writer-director Michel Franco’s latest, Sundown, is a simmering, suspenseful sharp jolt. Tim Roth (Resevoir Dogs) gives a blackly comic performance in this existential tour-de-force.
Alice and Neil Bennett (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tim Roth) are the core of a wealthy British family on vacation in Acapulco with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley and Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family’s tight‐knit order, surprising tensions rise to the fore.
Franco’s transgressive feature is somehow simultaneously pitch-perfect and pitiless. The decision to follow Roth’s Neil whose motives are foggy and unclear for the most part, makes for an endlessly compelling and introspective portrait.
"Tim Roth is a wonderfully relaxed sociopath in Venice’s funniest film "
- THE GUARDIAN
"A film so alive, everything changes contently, life in life, keeping us prisoner in its enigmatic mastery."
"Roth’s performance is utterly absorbing."
- AUSTIN CHRONICLE
"Tim Roth excels at quiet intensity in Michel Franco’s unsettling drama."
- LA TIMES
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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tim Roth, Henry Goodman, Iazua Larios, Samuel Bottomley, Mónica Del Carmen, James Tarpey, Albertine Kotting McMillan
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