03 January 2015

OMNÍVOROS

OMNÍVOROS

International Title:
Omnivores

German Title:
Omnivoros - Das letzte Ma(h)l

Spain, 2013
Director: Óscar Rojo

9/10





I stumbled upon this movie while browsing new titles on the iTunes store. Haven't heard of it before, but the title somehow caught my eye and the story sounded pretty interesting, so I gave it a try - and boy, this movie rocked my world in a way I never expected. "Omnívoros", the second feature film by Spanish filmmaker Óscar Rojo is the best and most intense cannibal-themed film I've seen since Antonia Bird's masterpiece "Ravenous".

"Omnívoros" is a clever and intriguing non-exploitative
mystery-horror-thriller, following a culinary journalist who investigates the 'clandestine restaurant movement' (
read more about it here!), private gatherings between rich, prestigious and eminent people who pay vast amounts of money for unique culinary experiences or risky delicacies like Fugu or Matsutake. Soon he finds out that there are other, even more clandestine meetings where actual human flesh is served...


Director / writer Rojo not just managed to create one of the most realistic cannibal-themed films, but also one of the most emotional and most unsettling ones. No, not in a "Cannibal Holocaust"-way, but more in a thought-provoking way where it's hard to tell who/what is wrong and who/what is right. Is is wrong to kill humans in order to eat them? Is it right to pay large amounts of money to eat human flesh? Is it wrong or right to at least try it? Is it right to consume it sub rosa?
Would you eat it if you know / doesn't know who the victim is? Is it right to even discuss that matter?

On the one hand, we get to see the what the cook does to the kidnapped victims. On the other hand, we get to see how delicious it looks and (probably) tastes. I admit, I got slightly hungry during the dinner scenes. Would I try a quick bite of human meat? I don't know. If you'd ask me right at the moment, I'd say yes - but if I'd suddenly sit in front of a human steak, I think I wouldn't be so sure anymore...


Back to the actual film. "Omnívoros" is fascinating and very well made, thanks to the competent direction, the superb script and the fabulous pacing which is slow, but never boring; kinda reminded me of Brian Yuzna's "Society",
a similarly slow-but-intense movie with at least one common theme: someone on the outside tries to get inside - when he's finally inside, he regrets that he's not outside anymore.

There's many graphic scenes of naked women and men getting beaten, cut or dashed with boiling water, though it's thankfully not torture-porn-like, but executed with more... um, style and elegance (aside from the 'opening corpse' which looks really horrifying). The cinematography is calm, intense and slightly voyeuristic, and Lucía Rojo's incredible score ranges from minimalistic compositions to breathtaking violin crescendos.


Nothing to complain about the cast either: great and believable performances by Mario de la Rosa as inscrutable journalist, Paco Manzanedo as
disturbingly weird-behaving killing cook, and the two super-hawt hotties Sara Gómez and Marta Flich.

A movie not for omni-viewers, not even for omni-vores, but definitely for horror gourmets who like it a bit more sophisticated.

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