El Sicario, Room 164

Gianfranco Rosi
| France, USA
| 2011
| 84 min

El Sicario is an innovative and chilling documentary about a retired hitman who also spent time as a state police commander. The film was shot entirely in a motel room on the US-Mexico border where he tortured a businessman who he kidnapped. With his face completely hidden, he tells stories with unsettling precision of how he kidnapped, tortured, and murdered countless people. Despite his gruesome confession, this is obviously a man who is highly intelligent, very articulate and all too believable, making El Sicario a challenging and captivating, cutting edge film.

Gianfranco Rosi
Serge Lalou, Gianfranco Rosi
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