Metaphysical Monster Movie
Argentina, France, Chile, 109', vo SPA, sub FRA/ENG, 16 Year
Cast: Esteban Bigliardi, Francisco Carrasco, Tania Casciani
The decapitated body of a woman is found in the middle of a sheep herd. Her husband becomes the prime suspects and is sent to a psychiatric facility, even though he insists he is innocent and claims a monster did it. The police officer in charge of the investigation – also incidentally the victim’s former lover – slowly comes to believe him as other murders occur. In the meantime, the husband keeps hearing the same voice over and over again saying “Die, monster, die…”
Although it starts off as a crime film, Muere, Monstruo, Muere quickly steps into horror territory. As it focuses on the protagonist’s tortured mind, the narrative is ripe with hallucinations to convey a progressive, powerful feeling of fear. The elusive, relentless monster stands for a very real social violence. The plot eventually turns into a descent into insanity.
The directorial debut of Buenos Aires University Film School graduate Alejandro Fadel is El Amor – primera parte, co-directed with Martín Mauregui in 2005. He also studied screenwriting, and wrote three scripts for Pablo Trapero, namely Leonera (2008), Carancho (2010), and Elefante Blanco (2012). In 2012, he directed the internationally acclaimed Los Salvajes on his own. Muere, Monstruo, Muere is his second solo feature.