Cinema: Our Lady Of The Assassins

Directed by Barbet Schroeder

World-weary Fernando (German Jaramillo) has come home to Medellin "to die." This does not stop him from taking up with an angel-faced teenage killer named Alexis (Anderson Ballesteros). The kid was trained by the drug cartel but will off anyone who offends him or his lover. As deaths pile up, they have a comic effect; love apparently means never leaving the safety on. Full of sacrilegious rant, absurdist affectlessness and pop social criticism, this film plays like an old B movie: narratively improvisational, delusionally pretentious, weirdly watchable.

--By Richard Schickel

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