All Your Dead Ones

A crudely conceived bit of absurdist shockorama that lays on its allegorical messages with head-pounding subtlety.

With:
With: Alvaro Rodriguez, Jorge Herrera, Martha Marquez, Harold De Vssten, John Alex Castillo.

A poor farmer discovers a pile of fresh corpses while tending to his fields in Colombia director/co-writer Carlos Moreno’s “All Your Dead Ones,” a crudely conceived bit of absurdist shockorama that lays on its allegorical messages with the subtlety of a pounding to the head. Only slightly improving on Moreno’s debut actioner “Dog Eat Dog,” “Dead Ones” has inexplicably drawn the interest of Sundance and Rotterdam, where it’s the only pic in both fests’ competitions. Aggressive sales push and critical support are keys to snatching theatrical and ancillary buyers.

Salvador (Alvaro Rodriguez, in a one-note perf) begins what looks like a routine day before going off to his fields. There, he finds a pile of dead bodies in what looks like a small crop circle, and seeks out officials to deal with it. Since it’s election day, the local Mayor (Jorge Herrera) gets involved in what may be a cover-up with some witless gendarmes, though much of pic’s time is wasted in a waiting game whose absurdist humor quickly wilts. Pic’s title in print screened at Sundance was English only.

All Your Dead Ones

Colombia

Production: A 64-A Films presentation in association with Caracol TV/Dago Garcia Prods., Antorcha Films, Hangar Films. (International sales: Shoreline Entertainment, Los Angeles/Las Vegas.) Produced by Diego F. Ramirez. Executive producers, Ramirez, Nancy Fernandez, Diana Bustamante. Directed by Carlos Moreno. Screenplay, Alonso Torres, Moreno.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Diego F. Jimenez; editor, Andres Porras; music, Jose Garrido; production designer, Hernan Garcia. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (competing), Jan. 25, 2010. (Also in Rotterdam Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 83 MIN.

With: With: Alvaro Rodriguez, Jorge Herrera, Martha Marquez, Harold De Vssten, John Alex Castillo.

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