Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
KILL THEM ALL MOVIE REVIEW
Matar a todos
From the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Latinbeat series in 2008
Directed by: Esteban Schroeder
Running time: 97 mins.
Country: Uruguay/Chile/Argentina/Germany with English subtitles
The film Kill Them All is based on real life events. In the film, a Uruguayan human rights prosecutor in post-junta Montevideo, Julia Gudari (Roxana Blanco) must investigate her own family's involvement in the country's military past after the covered-up kidnapping of a notorious Chilean biochemical engineer.
Gudari sheds light on the complex web of secret connections. She recalls her kidnapping and torture during the initiative that allowed dictatorships to conduct this type of procedure.
Kill Them All captures the vulnerability of young democracies in Latin America. Roxana Blanco won Best Actress at the Havana Film Festival and the film's outstanding cast of Walter Reyno as her father General Gudari, Cesar Troncoso and Maria Izquierdo inject a compelling noir imagery in this narrative. The feeling of utmost urgency is in every scene as pressure and threats stonewall Gudari's efforts, while she digs up the past, and learns to deal with her past and present.