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Citizen X (DVD)
Based on the true story of the most savage and elusive serial killer on record. Eight bodies are found in the woods, brutally murdered, raped, mutilated. The victims are young, often loners, who made the mistake of talking to a stranger and paid for it with their lives. A brilliant forensics expert but an inexperienced detective, Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea) is put in charge of the case by his Colonel (Donald Sutherland). It is the Colonel's job to give Burakov as much support as he can, but as the number of victims continues to rise, the investigation slows to a standstill, buried under government red tape. The slaughter continues unabated, until Burakov calls in a psychiatrist (Max Von Sydow) to create a psychological portrait of the murderer. With fifty-two victims to his name, the killer they call Citizen X is finally taking shape before their eyes. But can they trap him before he kills again...?]]>
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I think I had hesitated originally because I thought it would be emphasizing the psyche of the serial killer. He was essential to the plot, of course, but wasn't really the central figure--except when he needed to be. The relationship between the characters played by Rea and Sutherland was terrific to see develop. Von Sydow at one point said something like "the two of you together make a very good person" absolutely captured it.
The difficulty of being a person of character in an ultra-bureaucratic system like the Soviet Union also came through well. The acting, writing and directing had a light touch--not light comedy--light as in deft.
I don't know that the movie would be everyone's cuppa--but if you are at all intrigued by the plot and the cast--go for it. You won't be sorry.
An International cast of actors: Stephen Rea (Irish), Donald Sutherland (American),
Max von Sydow (Swedish), John Wood (English), Imre Csuja (Hungarian)
All these actors have special talents. Excellent: writing, acting, cinematography, directing, sets & location.
I'm really glad I ran across this film. I watch about 80 to 100 films a month. A real movie fan. A fanatic on detail.
I rarely give five stars.