Directed by Florian Gallenberger
A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
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★★★★ review by skype jonze on Letterboxd
tbh i'd watch emma watson peel potatoes for 7 hours
★★★★ review by Vanessa on Letterboxd
So far Colonia is the biggest surprise of the year for me. I didn't know much about the movie before watching it and thus had almost no expectations and it completely blew me away.
Colonia tells the story of a woman whose boyfriend is arrested after the military coup in Chile and brought to Colonia Dignidad. She joins the sect to find him and find a way to escape.
For some reason the movie is mostly advertised as historical drama or romance, when it's actually almost a horror movie at times. I found the beginning a little bit boring but as soon as they arrive at Colonia Dignidad the movie the movie gets more and more gripping every minute and the last 20 minutes are simply superb.
The only thing one could criticize is that instead of telling the story of Chileans, the movie focuses on a German couple, but that's understandable since it's a German production and the sect had a close relationship to several German politicians - and even though the story itself is fiction, the events in the German embassy are pretty accurate and happened several times in reality.
Look, I managed to write the entire review without mentioning that Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson look very similar. I mean I watched an old Daniel Brühl movie some years ago and he looked exactly like Emma.
★★★★★ review by Kaci Elizabeth on Letterboxd
Absolutely amazing and moving film. Not only is the directing, writing, cinematography, set designs all top notch but so is the acting. Emma Watson shines in this film, her best role yet.
★★★★ review by F3lixL3g1ons on Letterboxd
Why has nobody done this before! After all, Pinochet's pedophile torture cult makes the Manson family look like The Muppets. Underground fans may find Colonia offensive, 'cos it's all clean and mainstream: it doesn't deliver tons of violence we have seen a million times with cult films. In fact, it plays more like an intense psycho drama. But that doesn't turn me off at all. My only complaint: Colonia dismisses the infamous, nerve-frying Nazi background and all. Still, an above-average crowdpleaser — and one that commands respect!
★★★★★ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd
Wow. I found this movie fascinating and tense. DEFINITELY the surprise of 2016 for me so far.
The film is not for the faint-hearted however and tells of a flight attendant (Emma Watson) who infiltrates a cult to rescue her boyfriend (Daniel Bruhl). The cult is run by a vicious and cruel misogynistic child molester with the same name as David Letterman's former band leader and is played chillingly and creepily by the excellent Michael Nyqvist and at times reminded me of a super serious played straight version of Jon Hamm's Reverand Richard Wayne Gary Wayne character from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".
Though some of the acting and dialogue felt a little stilted and at times even heavy handed, this movie blew me away. Loved it.
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