Cannes Film Festival Review: Teodora Mihai’s ‘La Civil’

How much can you adapt real events into a taut thriller before the film veers over into uncomfortable exploitation? While watching La Civil, the narrative debut of Romanian-Belgian documentarian Teodora Mihai, this question was never too far from my mind, as a brilliantly executed first act eventually becomes something more overtly militaristic by the second. La Civil isn't directly adapted from a ripped-from-the-headlines case study, but the director (who wrote the screenplay with Mexican writer Habacuc Antonio De Rosario) has clearly undertaken intensive research, and concludes the film with a dedictation to the families of kidnapping victims. This might be why La Civil's evolution from a slow burning arthouse thriller into something
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