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(aka "El apóstata" )

 

directed by Federico Veiroj
Spain/France/Uruguay 2015

 

Repeatedly failing his college philosophy exam (ostensibly for his unwillingness to adhere to the absolute truths as stated by his professor), lusting after his cousin Pilar (Marta Larralde, THE SEA INSIDE) - who is willing short of marrying him - since childhood, and trapped in a monotonous existence he feels is not ov his own making, young Gonzalo Tamayo (Álvaro Ogalla) has decided to officially renounce the Catholic faith; that is, to apostatize. While enduring the labyrinthine bureaucratic process of the church which requires him to constantly restate his reasons (he did no enter voluntarily into the church, he finds its teachings counter-productive, its tenets hypocritical, and objects to the use of fear for social control over reasoning), he finds his everyday life punctuated by a series of surreal and possibly hallucinogenic encounters that may reflect a sort of backwards and cockeyed Stations of the Cross (culminating unexpectedly for him in a performance of the act of apostatizing after his petition to be struck off the record of baptism has been rejected). THE APOSTATE explores the the human condition through a series of alternately awkward, funny, and lusty thought-provoking episodes in which its protagonist gives in to temptation and experiences Catholic guilt in a manner that the church as represented in the film's world finds equally acceptable for the devout so long as they keep it to themselves and pay lip service to the faith.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 October 2015 (Uruguay)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:00
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:54)
� Still Gallery (3:40)
� Bonus feature 'A Useful Life' (16:9; 1:05:42)
� Bonus feature 'Acne' (16:9; 1:26:30)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

A film of this brevity would normally be afford a higher bitrate, but Breaking Glass has included two of the director's earlier features A USEFUL LIFE (2010) - previously released on DVD as an Amazon.com Exclusive from Film Movement's predecessor The Global Film Initiative - and ACNÉ (2008) on the same dual-layer DVD. Consequently, the main feature's 2.54 GB progressive, anamorphic encode looks a bit soft (perhaps halfway intentionally so given the antiquated 1.66:1 framing). Static close-ups look suitably detailed but slight motion of the actor or camera reveals compression issues. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is mostly front-oriented but becomes more full-bodied during the protagonist's fantasies, memories, and hallucinations throughout. The optional English subtitles are free of any errors (separate credits for subtitle translation in French and English are listed in the closing crawl). Besides other two features, the only other extras are the main feature's trailer and a photo gallery.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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