A police detective, whose lost his wife and child in a tragic accident, begins an investigation into some mysterious deaths, when he is contacted by a nun to say she is to blame…
A hospital. Priests, nuns. Mentally ill patients.
That alone had me intrigued. A setting like that recalls The Exorcist III, a film that scares the hell out of me. Thankfully, Impossible Crimes isn’t trying to be a variation of that film, but I do think the spirit of The Exorcist III lingers here.
This Argentinian film is described as a horror, but I would argue it is more a mystery or thriller, with story aspects dealing with life, death and has more emotion there than you may expect.
At its heart is a strong performance from Sofia Del Tuffo as the nun, who may or may not be committing the murders. There’s another good performance from Federico Bal as the detective. It’s the relationship between the two that makes the film work.
The connection between the murders, is one that I think the audience will get long before the film reveals it. But strangely that doesn’t matter, as in the last act, the film pulls a twist, that some might find off putting, but I didn’t, one that gave the film a strong emotional core and it was an ending I felt worked well.
The film is both well written by Nora Leticia Sarti and well directed by Hernan Findling.
Impossible Crimes may owe a debt perhaps to The Exorcist III, but it is its own thing and all the better for it.
An interesting, thoughtful film, one well worth a look.
Rating: ***1/2 out of 5