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The Hanged Man: A Tale of Adolescent Love

By inSing EditorMovies - 07 September 2011 10:33 AM | Updated 10:39 AM

The Hanged Man: A Tale of Adolescent Love

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Buzz: Good looking cast and soundtrack.

The Stars: Clara Lago, Alvaro Cervantes

The Story: A Spanish film about obsessive love between two teenagers. thinks: Young love turned obsessive is the key story of this Spanish film, which lacks narrative momentum or drive.

The film starts off showing how Sandra and David, who are neighbours, get to know each other. Soon it jumps forward and James Dean like David is unable to cross the friend barrier with Sandra.

Things change after Sandra is attacked. David hides the body, and the two start seeing each other, but David’s love turns obsessive and nasty.

Despite the talents of the film’s two leads, the film gets caught between being a youth melodrama and a thriller. Director Manuel Gomez Pereira is great at capturing the mood, but very little else.

Both leads remain undeveloped, and Sandra, despite becoming more wary of Alex’s possessiveness, still doesn’t mind getting in bed with him. It all ends with one of the biggest clichés in the book.

The Hanged Man opens in theatres September 8.