Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Missing (1982)

Cannes Film Festival 1982

Best Actor
Jack Lemmon
Palme d'Or
Tied with Yol (1982).

Universal Pictures
Directed by Costa-Gavras
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Universal)

A young writer goes missing in a South American country during a military coup. His wife and father search for him in vain. The local American representatives claim to be concerned but the facts suggest they are actually lying. Their search ultimately leads to the truth, which is emotionally devastating for them and politically explosive for the Americans. Costa-Gavras' political drama tries hard to make its point but lacks an edge. It plays more like a TV-movie than a work for the cinema. Jack Lemmon is good as always but his conservative character is grating.

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