Film review: Thesis on a Homicide (Tesis sobre un homicidio) directed by Hernán Goldfrid

Tesis sobre un HomicidioThesis on a Homicide (2013), originally titled Tesis sobre un homicidio is an Argentine film directed by Hernán Goldfrid, with a screenplay by Patrick Vega based on the homonymous novel by Diego Paszkowski, and starring Ricardo Darín, Alberto Ammann, Arturo Puig and Calu Rivero.

Synopsis: Roberto Bermúdez (Ricardo Darín) is a respected criminal law university professor and author, although not without a certain lonely private life. When dashing, charismatic Gonzalo (Alberto Ammann) enrolls in his class and cheekily seems to draw parallels between a violent real-life episode and his own “thesis” for Roberto’s class, Roberto becomes convinced that the smooth, dapper Gonzalo is a psychotic killer. When the Faculty of Law and the police do not see things Roberto’s way, he becomes determined to personally find evidence that will indict Gonzalo, but Gonzalo seems to be perpetually a step ahead of the investigation – or is he? The nasty fun of Hernán Golfrid’s cat-and-mouse thriller is that you’re never sure exactly which of the lead characters has the most screws loose. — Jaie Laplante. (Miami International Film Festival).

Begoña and I went last Friday to see ‘Tesis sobre un homicidio’. It was quite a disappointment. I found the subject overused, the pace extremely slow and, with the exception of Ricardo Darin, the actors’ performance rather poor. The open ending left me completely indifferent. I’m sorry to say that it was a waste of time for me.

My rating: 3/10.

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