Down by Law (1986)

06 Apr 2014

silly humor
physical comedy

empathy and sympathy

fresh perspective

immersive atmosphere

expected outcome
exceptional suspense (developments not predicted)

untraceable (natural) acting
dramatic acting


Very peculiar film. The tourist “Bob” is a great character. A little off-beat, somewhat poetic (游吟诗人), smart yet stubborn. Jack and Zack are pretty good depiction of small-time criminal and good-hearted “idiot”.

Most of the film is rather enjoyable, with some drawn out scenes (though I can see why it was shot like that, I get bored easily as the cinematography is not out of the world impressive as in “il conformista”).

The jokes are very subtle.