Thursday, February 28, 2019

Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017) hits US theaters tomorrow

Two priests are brought into look at the case of a dead boy found mutilated in a garbage dump. Little do they suspect that they have opened a Pandora's box and are now on the trail of a serial killer with at least six victims.

Part mystery, part police procedural, part social commentary SMALLER AND SMALLER  CIRCLES  is one of the best murder mysteries I've run across in many years. This is a bleak little confection that will curl your toes with it's no holds barred portrait of a society where almost everyone is corrupt, if not in actuality then in covering up for those who do bad things. Kiss asses and those who will protect the status quo are promoted despite the cost. And not only are the sins of man on display but the sins of the church as the molestation of kids is theme that runs parallel to and across the main narrative. This is not a tale for the weak of heart.

This is a dark tale for any number of reasons not the least of which is it is perpetually night and raining. If this was made in Hollywood during the late 40's this would have been called a prime example of Film Noir.  Night is everywhere, especially in men's souls. Only those at the center seem not to be battered and bruised or as battered as everyone else. The mystery will be solved almost through their sheer will to solve the crimes alone..

I should warn you that this is not a film for the squeamish. It doesn't shy away from the dark details. No gory details  are spared as the particulars are discussed and we see the mutilated bodies, faces and genitals removed. If you don't like graphic images or frank talk skip this film.

On the other hand anyone wanting a really good mystery that is doing more than just being mysterious should make an effort to see SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES because it's one of the best mysteries of recent vintage.

Opens tomorrow (March 1) in LA and other select theaters before hitting VOD on March 19th

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