Dreileben: One Minute of Darkness ★★½


[Reviewed from TIFF 2011]

As I feared, the final, focus-on-the-killer chapter only literalizes the aspect of Beats Being Dead that sang for me as stark metaphor. And it's surprisingly, disappointingly straightforward—especially given the way Hochhäusler deliberately amped up the quotidian in The City Below, to which this plodding effort bears zero resemblance. Kevin Lee suggested that the whole trilogy plays quite differently if you watch this one first (and Beats Being Dead last), which might be the case...but also assumes you maintain enough interest to continue.