Pen-ek Ratanaruang

It’s back to the Big Apple with another batch of some of the most compelling titles that this year’s Tribeca Film Festival has to offer. This time around, we’re zinging over to Thailand for an eye-opening spin on the crime noir (no other film this year will make you want to invest in a helmet more), before zipping back to the U S of A and over to the left coast for two films about life in Los Angeles, relationships on the rocks, and cinematic twists that both surprise and sustain. Which one of these films marks the voice of an exciting new independent director and which will leave audiences begging for more, of all things, gimmicky behavior? As is the best part of all film festivals, let’s discover something new. Check out our latest batch of mini-reviews for Headshot, Caroline and Jackie, and Double or Nothing after the break.

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A man awakens from a long coma to some disturbing news. First, he discovers that it was a bullet to the head that almost killed him. Second, he now sees the world upside down. Headshot tells the story of a hitman who recovers from a bullet wound to the cranium and returns to the job with a minor handicap. He can move, think, and behave normally, but he’s forced to view everything upside down. This literal flip flop bleeds out to his metaphorical world as well leaving him discombobulated, confused and intent on discovering the truth about who shot him and why. Obviously the Christopher Nolan comparison is a bit of a stretch, but a few elements bring his name into the discussion. The most obvious being that the production company behind the movie is called Memento Films. But there’s also a lead protagonist with a head injury whose moral compass seems a bit out of whack and a storyline that lives the majority of its time in the past. Tenuous connection or not, Headshot looks to be an exciting and intriguing thriller. Check out the trailer below… but only if you don’t foresee watching the movie anytime soon. It appears to give way too much away.

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