Review: “The dose”, a psychological thriller with Carlos Portaluppi

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Two night nurses and the deaths that are increasing, in the debut of Martín Kraut as director. Premieres this Thursday 22 at Cine.Ar

“Good, Roldán. He’s going to live one more week ”is the semi pat on the back that a doctor gives to a nurse who has just resuscitated an inpatient.

Roldán (Carlos Portaluppi, with minimal gestures, wearily walking) is a lonely guy. He has been working as a nurse in a clinic for twenty years, and he is awaiting a promotion that does not come. It takes.

The dose It was filmed long before the arrival of the coronavirus, but it is difficult not to see health professionals as if they were not enduring the pressures, the fatigue that they suffer today.

But the new director Martín Kraut puts his finger, and the camera, in another responsibility, perhaps even greater. Caring for the sick, whether or not they are terminal, puts those who care for them day to day (or night to night, as is the case with Roldán) in a position of compromise. And of duty.

And this is how shortly after the arrival of a new nurse, Gabriel (Ignacio Rogers), the deaths began to happen on the floor. There is an anonymous report. What’s going on?

If Roldán is the protagonist, because the director shows us his home, his canned diet of peas, his loneliness, it is the antagonist who begins to gain preponderance.

Gabriel, who is younger, is kind, helpful, wants to learn. He invites Roldán to have a drink, he wants to reach him home with the car.

But both have secrets, thus a fight begins, more in the psychological field, between the two. In a competition in which that first sketch of mentor and student will have to be archived.

The dose is a thriller that, little by little, closes its characters in a world of intrigue. Kraut is right in the composition of the characters. Although the script becomes predictable, the tension that bothers you is there, in the performances of Portaluppi and Rogers. Lorena Vega is also contributing her own.

More than psychological terror, The dose uses that scent of a thriller in which nothing is what it seems, but here, the attentive viewer will discover it first.

“The dose”

Good

Drama. Argentina, 2019. 92 ‘, SAM 13 R. From: Martín Kraut. With: Carlos Portaluppi, Ignacio Rogers, Lorena Vega, Arturo Bonín. Available at: Cine.Ar TV, Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 at 22, and from Friday free a week at Cine.Ar Play.

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