Review: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is a demented family drama.

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Synopsis

Jesus and Jose Maria are siblings living in a closed-off world constructed of strange games and relentless madness. When their half-sister Magdalena returns home to inquire about her share of their inheritance, a strange and bloody affair ensues.

Rock, Paper, Scissors is one of the most unsettling films of the year. Magdalena is trapped in her childhood home by her eccentric half-siblings. Control, guilt, emotional abuse; sounds like a normal family dynamic to me. Perhaps, the relationship between Magdalena and her step-siblings Jesus and María José is slightly more volatile. They force their unusual games on her, slowly eating away at her sanity. Oh, and let’s not forget the little home movie they’re making. A little bit of Misery meets and even more deranged Wizard of Oz, Rock, Paper, Scissors strikes a brilliant balance of comical and utterly disturbing.

Magdalena is the audience. Immediately gathering the fragility of María José’s mental health, she must tread lightly to survive. Jésus is caught between a sense of responsibility and his own emotionally stunted behavior. He placates María José’s whims to keep the peace but there’s most definitely more to it. Rock, Paper, Scissors‘ complexity will consume you.

The camera work is meticulously thought out. It heightens the tension perfectly. The script is twisted and unexpected. As more information slowly comes to light, you’ll rethink everything. Our three cast members give outstanding performances. Nuanced and, miraculously, never over-the-top. They will wow you. Rock, Paper, Scissors is immensely unique. It is relentlessly unnerving. The film’s final act is nothing short of shocking. I guess it’s true in this case; there’s no place like home. Thank God for that.

Directors: Martín Blousson, Macarena García Lenzi
Cast: Agustina Cerviño, Valeria Giorcelli, Pablo Sigal
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is available today On Demand from Dark Star Pictures
Genre:  Horror; Thriller; Latino
Release Year: 2021
Rating:  TV-MA
Runtime:  83 min
Language: Spanish w/English Subs
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