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Intacto

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Max von Sydow, Eusebio Poncela, Monica Lopez. An improbably fortunate Holocaust survivor steals" the luck of a fellow gambler, who then hires the sole survivor of a plane crash to avenge himself in this taut and chilling thriller. 2002/color/109 min/R.

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  • Actors: Max von Sydow, Eusebio Poncela, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Mónica López, Antonio Dechent
  • Directors: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
  • Writers: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Andrés M. Koppel
  • Producers: Enrique López Lavigne, Fernando Bovaira, Ghislain Barrois, Ignacio Salazar-Simpson, Sebastián Álvarez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Intacto" on IMDb

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on November 10, 2003
Format: DVD
Some people believe that a certain kind of thing can bring a good luck to them. Clover with four leaves, black cat (in England), and Japanese beckoning cat. Then, what if a luck happens to be something you can steal, collect, and use? And use to kill?
"Intacto" is a bizarre, unnerving, and quite original thriller from young Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Its story is complicated, but is not hard to follow. One crimial Thomas (Sbaraglia), the only surviver of a terrible plane crash, meets a strange guy Federico in the hospital. Federico asks Thomas to draw a card just casually. Little did Thomas know that it is only the beginning of games that test his own luck ... the game that becomes more and more deadly as it goes on.
As Federico and Thomas travel together, they unwittingly involve some other 'lucky' characters; Sara, female police investigator who seems to be unaware of her own luck; Arejandro, a bull fighter who somehow got never hurt; and Sam, the owner of a casino (excellent Max von Sidow), who survived one of the tragic events known in the world's history.
This is Fresnadillo's feature debut (though his short "Esosados" has been nominated for Oscar in 1996), and like another talented Spanish director of "Open Your Eyes," he has his own style. The picture always exudes some eerie atomosphere (like David Lynch), and though his narrative gets slightly confusing (especially the conclusion), he carries this unusual material to the end quiet gracefully.
There are many "games" that test the characters' lucks, which might look, to be frank, somewhat silly to some of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flickman on February 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I didn't know what to expect at first watching Intacto. A movie about people stealing each others' luck would ordinarily sound ridiculous, but despite skating the edge of credibility, Intacto has a lot of style and some scenes of quiet suspense. I am also a huge fan of Max Von Sydow, and he is clearly a standout in this movie as the Jew, a man who is able to convey his uncanny ability to survive deadly games as almost a tragedy. His conversation with the main character Tomas (also very good) is quite touching. It seems that even though many of the characters in the movie have incredible luck, the luck in the end seems to be more of a curse than a blessing as characters throughout the movie are unable to get enjoyment from their "good fortune."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GLBT VINE VOICE on October 2, 2003
Format: DVD
My one complaint, which I'll state at the very start, is that the English subtitles remain even when the characters are speaking in English. It's very annoying. English subtitles when they're speaking Spanish (which is most of the film) makes sense... English subtitles when they're speaking English is just plain distracting.
Having gotten that out of the way...
I don't want to reveal too much of the story because half the fun is watching things gradually unfold, but I will say that this film has a very original premise, having to do with the nature of luck. The idea is that luck is an actual "thing" that can be traded, stolen, and gambled away.
Our central character is a thief who, it turns out, has the gift of luck and so is pulled into this strange world of people who collect luck. Many of these people are quite ruthless, and as the stakes gradually increase, our protagonist stands to lose far more than his knack for good luck.
The tone of this film is very creepy and clever... in many ways, it reminded me of "Blood Simple," "Memento," "Music of Chance," or Atom Egoyan's "Exotica." Like all four of those movies, there's a lot to absorb and it's handed to you in small pieces. This is a movie that requires your full concentration. Fortunately, that's not hard to give, as the film itself is absolutely fascinating and full of brilliant images and moments.
Eerie, beautiful, and not quite like anything else...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Trigg on September 13, 2004
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What a film. I have to be honest, I'd never heard of this before, but I am so glad I took a chance with it.

Its quite a difficult film plot to describe: but in a nut shell its about a dangerous game played with people who have proved to be 'extremely' lucky (perhaps supernaturally so). The games become more and more dangerous, and are always played blindfolded (my favourite was running through a forest hand ties behind backs - the last NOT to run into a tree is the winner). There is a reason for this (which I wont disclose) and this is genuinely and exciting a quite unique movie.

All the actors are excellent (especially Max von Sydow and the gorgeous Leonardo Sbaraglia from Burnt Money).

A thrilling and inventive movie.

(NB: The film is mainly in Spanish with some English)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Alcat on March 13, 2005
Format: DVD
The premise of this film is that some people can steal luck from others. The idea is bizarre but interesting, and the director (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and some great actors managed to make a great movie out of it.

The main character, Thomas (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a tragic crash that killed the other 236 passagers in the plane, is one of the "fortunate" people that can steal luck. He is not so fortunate, though, because he is arrested by the police while he is in a hospital recovering from the crash, due to the fact that he is a thief. Despite that, not all is lost for him.

A strange man called Federico (Eusebio Poncela) helps him to escape, on the condition that Thomas will bet for him in a secret and very exclusive ring of betting, and that they will split the earnings. As a consequence, Thomas is introduced to to a secret society of "fortunate" people addicted to betting all kind of things in different games. The stakes are high: money, houses, people... The questionn is: how far is Thomas ready to go?.

On the whole, I can say that I highly enjoyed this movie, and that I recommend it to you. I have never seen a plot similar to this one. Whether that means that I don't watch enough movies, or that is an extremely original film, I don't know. All the same, watch it: you have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain :)

Belen Alcat
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