Our review of Between Life and Death: Dark Belgian History

Antonio de la Torre perfectly plays the role of Leo Castaneda, a devastated father who tries to understand the reasons for the tragic death of his son. Jimmy Nguyen/The Pact

REVIEW – Director Giordano Gederlini signs an implacable thriller with the excellent Antonio de la Torre.

It’s the kind of thriller, tense and sticky, from which you don’t come out unscathed. Between life and death features a silent, exhausted, disillusioned protagonist, direct heir to the heroes we saw in the American thrillers of the 1970s. The story takes the viewer to Brussels. A confined megalopolis filmed as the New York of French Connection by William Friedkin. Leo Castaneda (Antonio de la Torre, as magnetic and tortured as Roy Scheider) is a Spaniard with a troubled past, who became a simple driver on line 6 of the Brussels metro. One evening, he meets the feverish and familiar gaze of a young man left alone at the edge of the quay. The boy voluntarily disappears under the tracks…

Leo only had time to recognize his son Hugo, whom he hadn’t seen for years. Devastated by this disastrous reunion, Castaneda plunges again. He soon discovers that Hugo was involved in a bloody robbery that went wrong. He will have to face violent criminals to try to understand…

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