TL;DR – An exploration of the effects of toxic masculinity and all its consequences.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
There are films out there that sometimes you can see the trajectory coming a mile away, you see the pain incoming and like a crash in slow motion you can’t look away. Today we look at just such a film, one of pain and sadness and inevitability.
So to set the scene, we open in on Andrej (Matej Zemljic) who spends his days not being at school and his nights parting away. One night ends with him punching a woman and that rightly is that. He is sent to a juvenile correction facility as a last chance before jail time. Here he meets Žele (Timon Sturbej) the local ringleader and it is here when we see that this story is not going to end well.
It is weird opening on a film where you both sympathise, yet also feel completely that he has only his self to blame for where he is. The moment he arrives at the centre and falls into Žele’s orbit you can see that unravelling even more. Watching someone slowly implode is heart-breaking and here there is no difference and the inevitability of it all makes it worse.
This is a film where we see the natural outcome where violence is the only answer. Žele has created this protection racket where he indebts everyone to him while making sure that they cannot pay him back. Creating cycle where he is in control of everyone and anyone who steps out is punished with social destruction.
Andrej’s life is destroyed by both his actions and the actions of everyone around him. You do feel the exasperation of his parents, okay well his mother (Rosana Hribar), and at the start you feel for them, maybe not by the end. Then there is the teachers at the centre that really have little to no control over what happens. It is a film of failures, well before the final act, everyone failed Andrej, including himself.
In the end, do we recommend Consequences? Well that is a difficult one to say. This is a film that very much lives up to its title, beyond that this is a film where violence is the ultimate answer to everything. It is a raw and uncompromising view of the world, which is sadly quite the norm.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Consequences
Directed by – Darko Stante
Written by – Darko Stante
Cinematography by – Rok Nagode
Edited by – Sara Gjergek
Starring – Matej Zemljic, Timon Sturbej, Gasper Markun, Lovro Zafred, Lea Cok, Rosana Hribar, Dejan Spasic, Blaz Setnikar, Iztok Drabik Jug, Matjaz Pikalo, Igor Matijevic, Maja Sever, Jette Ostan Vejrup, Urban Kuntaric, Dominik Vodopivec & Gaja Filac
Rating – Australia: MA15+;