Friday, July 27, 2007


BREACH (2007, USA, Billy Ray, screenplay with Adam Mazer & William Rotko)
Do you know why the Soviet empire collapsed? Godlessness.

No-nonsense portrayal of post-cold war Russian spy Robert Hanssen is more character study than spy movie, but plenty intense. Foregrounds his seemingly sincere ultra-Catholicism, but doesn’t pretend to solve the cipher only Hanssen himself could maybe decode – why so conservative a Christian would sell secrets to the “godless” communists. Haunting final image complicates the film’s FBI-as-bland-corporate-bureaucracy ethos.

Available at Videomatica

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