A great vehicle for Matthias Schoenaerts, who manages to convey a whole lot of what’s going on behind those eyes without saying very much at all. He’s very good at that generally, and I don’t think he gets enough credit.
Here he’s a soldier suffering from psychological and medical issues, who picks up a private security job between tours of duty. A pounding, outstandingly atmospheric soundtrack accompanies his anxieties and suspicions, as trouble erupts and he has to deal with violent situations.
We see virtually everything from over his shoulder, and are therefore right in the middle of things. Even to the point where we’re not always sure if it’s real, or imagined.
It’s not a perfect film, but it’s tense, and I enjoyed watching.
Oh, and it’s directed by Alice Winocour, if you’re looking for films directed by woman for your list.