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Scherzo Diabolico

Scherzo Diabolico

Apr. 16, 2015 Mexico91 Min.
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Aram is a wearied accountant with an unbearably dull existence. With a nagging wife who berates him for not being assertive enough, and a measly paycheck, he quietly suffers while awaiting a long-deserved promotion. But there’s more to Aram than his mild-mannered demeanor lets on: he has been secretly devising a scheme to finally get what he feels he is owed. One day he asserts his power menacingly when he kidnaps a schoolgirl and keeps her tied up in an abandoned warehouse. What seems like the perfect plan soon unravels into his worst nightmare, and his carefully constructed scheme comes crashing down piece by bloody piece.

Scherzo Diabolico
Original titleScherzo Diabolico
IMDb Rating5.4 408 votes
TMDb Rating6.2 6 votes

(3) comments

  • chicagopoetryMay 11, 2016Reply

    Scherzo Diabolico

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • kosmaspAugust 17, 2016Reply

    DD (Down and Dirty)

    This is gritty low budget at its best (if you are into that kind of
    thing of course). It’s also as unsettling as it gets. Be it the first
    part or the latter part where it all comes back (more or less –
    probably more, but that’s in the eye of the beholder). And while you
    feel the pain and anger from our main protagonist, you also feel that
    he is terribly wrong in doing what he does.

    Does that all have to culminate the way it does? Probably not, but how
    else would the movie be able to shock you back into the middle ages
    (almost literally with what happens). It’s not wrong to feel disgusted
    by any of this, because enjoying this would be the wrong feeling.
    Accepting this as artistic form on the other hand is the one thing you
    may have to worry about …

  • BA_HarrisonJanuary 8, 2017Reply

    What could possibly go wrong?

    I was looking for something a little different from my standard horror
    fare this evening, and I certainly found it in Scherzo Diabolico, a
    twisted little thriller from Mexico that starts off intriguingly, gets
    progressively darker along the way, and closes in a manner that is
    satisfyingly raw and shocking.

    Aram (Francisco Barreiro) is a dedicated defence lawyer whose hard work
    goes unrewarded by his boss. Nagged by his wife about his lack of
    success in climbing the corporate ladder, he puts into action a
    desperate plan. After seeking advice from one of his dodgier clients
    and taking lessons in tying someone up from the hooker he regularly
    visits, Aram abducts his boss’s teenage daughter Anabela, keeping her
    held captive in an abandoned factory. Driven crazy by worry, Aram’s
    boss finally loses the plot whilst at work and is shown the door, with
    Aram taking his place. Having achieved his goal, Aram releases the girl
    believing that he is in the clear, but even the best laid plans can go
    awry…

    Directed at a measured pace by Adrián García Bogliano, Scherzo
    Diabolico isn’t exactly a roller-coaster ride of action and suspense,
    but it is thoroughly engrossing throughout, Aram’s plight clearly
    leading to disaster for the lawyer; the ‘fun’ is in waiting to see
    exactly how his scheme falls apart, and how he tries to deal with the
    tricky situation when it does. Suffice to say that it all gets very
    messy (quite literally at times, thanks to some very graphic violence),
    with Anabela, psychologically scarred by her ordeal, proving to be more
    of a handful than Aram could have ever imagined.

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