Two police-men discuss a recent case which one of them had been investigating. As the tale unfolds, it becomes a bit of a glance at the literary problem of the “unreliable narrator”, mainly because a lot of what the detective tells us are things he heard from one of the people involved in the case – a fact that in the opinion of his younger colleague should be a cause for suspicion.
The writers, Juan Manuel Bordón and Santiago Esteves, unfold a criminal drama and character constellation that would not be out of place in a sprawling noir novel. And they spin an epic tale of business rivalry and hurt pride which is somewhat reminiscent of Noble House.
This short film, which Esteves also directed and edited, looks and feels very “accomplished” – for lack of a better word. The two-person constellation allows for a low-budget approach, as most of the story is narrated during a car ride and is only on occasion supported by actually shot scenes. This economical story-telling is also used to heighten the suspense, as the conversation is interrupted or diverted at times, before it is being picked up again.
The two lead actors, Esteban Lamothe & Edgardo Livov, are doing a great job, but the really strong points in Los crímenes are the writing and the editing.
Rating: easily 7.5 to 8.0 out of 10.
Director and editor Santiago Esteves provides free access to this short film via his website: http://www.santiagoesteves.com/corto_lc.php