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Death and The Compass

Death and The Compass 15 rating

Alex Cox’s visually stunning, deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

1996 86 mins

Director: Alex Cox

Overview

Death and the Compass, one of Alex Cox’s most ambitious, inspired and visually stunning films, is a deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. In a totalitarian metropolis of the future (shot on location in Mexico City), Erik Lonnrot (Peter Boyle) is a gifted detective investigating a series of strange murders and disappearances that seem to implicate the insane crime lord Red Scarlach.

Enlisting the help of Alonso Zunz (Christopher Eccleston), a principled journalist, Lonnrot believes that he has uncovered a labyrinthine occult conspiracy. However, has the investigator’s brilliance merely precipitated his own destruction? In a nightmare city inhabited only by criminals and police, a mystic detective finds a tool to catch a villainous outlaw. Augmented by a non-linear narrative style, Miguel Sandoval’s unhinged and digressive narration, by mystical and religious overtones and a keen visual sensibility, Death and the Compass is a distinctly unique experience.