9º – John Q (Nick Cassavetes, 2002)After his son falls ill and needs an operation that his insurance does not cover, a father decides to take the members of a hospital hostage in order to save his child’s life. ‘John Q’ presents the desperate journey of a father to save a child, containing positive and negative points in the course of the plot, notable as regular in the general apparatus, but good when we look at the concepts worked out.
8º – Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)A private investigator is hired by a woman whose teenage daughter had disappeared, having to fit into the intricacies of the girl’s mysterious disappearance. The film gains its substance when the man begins to face, as the investigation progresses, a degeneration of all of the apparatuses of his life, with his wife betraying him, his turbulent past returning to the surface, and his day to day more and more empty. A neglected masterpiece of the 1970s, ‘Night Moves’ is a film that impresses with the rigor of its irrefutable script, the productive direction of Arthur Penn and the powerful performance of Gene Hackman, working to investigate the dead end that is the life of a middle-aged man in his character’s situation.
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