“..Joshua Oppenheimer’s surreal, astonishing documentary recreates the atrocities of 1960s Indonesian death squads.
When Werner Herzog says a film is the most frightening and most surreal he’s seen in at least a decade – you know need to steel yourself.
Here’s the best, and the most horrific, movie of this year’s Toronto film festival.
It’s a documentary about the Indonesian death squads of the mid-1960s who tortured and killed communists.
But it’s also a film within a film – as director Joshua Oppenheimer urges the ageing gangsters to recreate their acts on increasingly elaborate scale – (prosthetics, props, drag outfits, soundtrack, location shooting).
They grin and mug just as they also take it very, very seriously.
A strangulation scene is interrupted by the call for evening prayers.
But they return after their ablutions…”
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