Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2014 April 04 • Friday

Being middle-aged is so much better than being a teenager. If you need to be reminded of this, check out the Dutch movie Schemer.

The title could be translated as either Twilight or Dusk. The decision to go with Dusk as the official English-language title might have been made by lawyers.

The movie is based on a real story of a group of teenagers who conspire to kill one of their friends.

The movie is chilling and unexploitative. The actors seem perfectly natural and real. Motives are glimpsed under the surface but remain submerged in a swamp of insecurity, jealousy, repressed desire and rage.

The fact that this or something much like it actually happened gives the experience of watching it a eerie sort of sorrow. It's very well done.