Rock, Paper and Scissors

A psychological thriller from Argentinian directors Martin Blousson (first film) and Macarena Garcia Lenzi (first film). A strange little film. Throughout, with all the strange behaviours and dark corners of the large apartment, there is a sense of impending doom. Though it is a rather slow in pace film, plenty of tension runs through the 83 minutes.

Two very odd siblings live with their father in his expansive house. Jesus (Pablo Sigal – The Empty Box, The Omission) and Jose Maria (Valeria Giorcelli – Crystal Eyes) live a life filled with plenty of rituals or games. Things only they know what they mean. Their father is rather ill so is bedridden. This leaves the two adult siblings to lead life as they wish. That all changes when their father dies.

After his death his third child arrives in Argentina from Spain. Magdalena (Augustina Cervino), who is their half-sister, arrives at the family house in order to get her father’s affairs in order and claim her third of the inheritance. This, what they see as, intrusion into their way of life sets off Jesus and Jose Maria.

As such the close siblings begin toying with Magdalena. These are games which are not fun for anyone but the mad two. Instead they are cruel, strange and even bloody. Not your typical family reunion. Definitely not what Magdalena was expecting.

Argentina, of late, has added itself to the list of countries in which horror is produced at a regular rate and of high quality. And the horror the country produces is quite unique in tone and timbre. They are not just following along what comes out of the titans in America, South Korea and Japan.

What could be scarier than being tormented by your own family? This question is asked and answered in the film. Pairing dark humour with the tension involved in the perverse behaviour displayed by Jesus and Jose Maria leads to a film chock full of chills fuelled by the delusions of the siblings. Besides this you get disturbing elements like the suspicion of incest, sadism, claustrophobia, and deep dark secrets.

Because of the mental instability and a person being held prisoner, Rock, Paper and Scissors will remind some who watch it of a film like Misery. But, I think, it reminds me more of the dark films made in the 1950s era like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? So disturbing at times it might discourage you from ever making that long awaited return home.

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