Tribeca Film Festival Review: Scherzo Diabolico

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schzero signageTribeca this year yielded a great number of thrillers and horror films. Of the 54 total films I was able to catch, I was pleased to have attended  the premiere of one genre bending movie titled SCHERZO DIABOLICO. The plot revolves around a seemingly shy accountant, putting in long hours at the office, crossing his fingers for a promotion. With an ungrateful wife and off the wall son at home, Aram (Francisco Barreiro) just wants to work hard and get what he deserves. This is a mere facade of a man with deep seeded issues and a twisted mind. Under the guise of a classical music soundtrack, the audience is led on a journey into the danger of the quiet types. Soon into the film, we learn that Aram is rehearsing the kidnapping of a schoolgirl (Daniela Soto Vell).

scherzo-diabolico-francisco-barreiroThe incredible juxtaposition of the music to the menacingly precise counting of the seconds each step in his plan will likely take is jarring. In my opinion, the film is comprised of three acts. The first is shocking enough, the second flips the entire script on it’s head. Reminiscent of Tarantino in style and humor, when things go awry, this cat and mouse game enters next level storytelling. While the third and final act might have resonated with fans of writer/director Adrián García Bogliano’s earlier work in Late Phases and  Here Comes Evil, (neither of which I have seen) for me, it felt out of place and farcical. This was my reaction as I viewed it the first time. Admittedly, the longer I thought about it, the more fun the entire film feels. The cinematography was extraordinarily creative. Long, wide shots really set the bar high from the very beginning. The sound editing is some of the strongest I’ve heard. The combining of classical symphonies and unintelligible speech in a few crucial scenes throws your senses completely off balance. Overall, Scherzo Diabolico is a movie I  would  recommend to genre fans. You’re in for a treat for the eyes and ears. 

To follow Sherzo Diabolico‘s progress you can visit their Facebook Page: ScherzoDiabolico

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