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|Directed by||Juan Carlos Fresnadillo|
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo|
Andrés M. Koppel
Max von Sydow
|Music by||Lucio Godoy|
|Edited by||Nacho Ruiz Capillas|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
Intacto (English: Intact) is a 2001 Spanish supernatural thriller film co-written and directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and starring Leonardo Sbaraglia, Eusebio Poncela, Mónica López, Antonio Dechent, and Max von Sydow. It was first released in Spain during November, 2001, and then internationally on the film festival circuit in 2002.
Rooted in magical realism, the film depicts an underground trade in luck, where fortune flows from those who have less to those who have more; the premise purports that luck can be amassed and transferred as any other commodity. The story follows several participants as they engage in literal games of chance, each one more risky than the last, to eliminate the unlucky.
A concentration camp survivor named Samuel Berg (Max von Sydow), a preternaturally lucky fellow, runs a European casino. One of his workers is Federico (Eusebio Poncela), a man who "steals" other people's luck merely by laying a hand on them (a similar concept is used in the 2003 Las Vegas comedy-drama The Cooler).
When Samuel Berg has a falling out with Federico and takes away his powers, Federico sets out to find the luckiest man alive (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the lone survivor of a plane crash, in order to use his powers to overpower Samuel Berg in the one game he has never lost: Russian roulette.
Federico takes his partner through a series of tests in order to confirm his abilities. In the process, they approach the tightening circle of underground chance games that will eventually lead them both, and a female cop on their heels, to a final showdown with Samuel Berg.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives Intacto a 72% rating based on 72 critics, and an average of 6.5/10, concluding: "The plot gimmick is original, bolstered by stylishly intriguing setpieces." Metacritic gives it a weighted average of 59/100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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