Miami International Film Festival: Review of Patxi Amézcua's 25 Carat
Born into the itinerant life of a con artist, Kay (Aida Folch) is a sexy but street-tough young woman who has helped her father, Sebas (Manuel Morón), run scams since she learned to walk. For years, they've lived off small scores, skipping from one city to the next across Spain. But after 16 months in Barcelona, Kay and Sebas have begun to settle into a routine: She steals cars while he fences jewelry. It's almost normal.
Written and directed by first-time Spanish filmmaker Patxi
Amézcua, this action thriller is more conventional than many of the
other movies at this year's festival. In tone and style, 25 Carat draws from similar genre films such as Luc Besson's The Professional and Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run. However, Amézcua delivers his story with full knowledge of its sources, so it never seems derivative. Not to mention, 25 Carat
is plotted so tightly, edited with such energy, and acted so deftly
that it pays off in almost every way. It even has a happy ending. More
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