Soldier ★★★★

Soldado (2017)


Manuel Abramovich has a clear visual style that he manages to apply to any situation in which he is found. He's obsessed with the bodies and faces of people, he puts the camera right up there, he shows us the hair of the protagonist, the way that it was cut off, the marks in his skin, his bruises, the spots in his face, everything. We see a soul being stripped away in front of us, we see in these actions, the way that his hands move, that the futility of the military is clear, that the system only works as some sort of employment factory for jobs that no one needs nor asks for. And that is clear from this film only by watching faces, actions, and hearing to the conversations and orders given by superiors. You don't need a guide, besides Abramovich's camera, your brain does the work.