Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

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Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

Fausto 5.0 (2001)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:33:49 | 4,10 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps, Spanish AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English, Spanish
Genre: Art-house, Fantasy, Horror

Directors: Carles Padrissa, Isidro Ortiz, Àlex Ollé
Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Eduard Fernández, Najwa Nimri

On his way to a medical convention, Dr Fausto runs into a man who claims the Doctor removed his stomach eight years ago in a surgical operation. Against all odds, he is still alive. The man turns up repeatedly and promises Fausto to make all his wishes come true. Reality starts dissolving and Fausto begins to loose control.

A provocative, modernized Spanish retelling of the Faustian story that goes where Hollywood would never dare to go. An uptight doctor who treats and researches terminal patients is barely alive himself until an ex-patient of his with the uncanny ability to grant wishes and be everywhere forces himself into his life. The doctor's evil, nihilistic side starts coming out and his wishes more perverse and immoral. The movie brilliantly leaves the supernatural aspects ambiguous so that you don't know if something magical and evil is truly going on, and uses an ugly but gripping urban set design to explore the psyche of a man who has buried himself in hospital plastic and professionalism, hiding from the ugly world outside and his ugliness inside. A challenging and bold movie that will leave Hollywood fans in the dust, and a great accompaniment to Angel Heart.
Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

A doctor's past comes back to haunt him in an unexpected way in this modern variation on the classic tale of Faust. Dr. Fausto (Miguel Angel Sola) is a respected oncologist whose career has practically taken over his life; he has no wife or children, and he's barely aware of the fact his beautiful assistant Julia (Najwa Nimri) is obviously in love with him. One day, Fausto finds himself so overwhelmed with his wildly stressful career that be begins pondering suicide as he waits for a train, only to be interrupted by Julia, who brings him the briefcase he left at his office. After boarding his train, the distraught Faust encounters Santos Vella (Eduard Fernandez), who introduces himself as one of Fausto's former patients; after Fausto removed his stomach and informed him that he had but three months to live, Vella opted to stop seeing doctors and ignore their advice – and he says he's been feeling fine ever since.

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

Despite Vella's contemptuous attitude towards modern medicine, he is both friendly and grateful to Fausto, and insists on giving the doctor a ride after a taxi breakdown leaves Fausto stranded. From then on, Fausto finds he can't get rid of his new friend, no matter how hard he tries – everywhere he goes, Vella is close behind, and when Faust declares that he needs female companionship instead, Vella arranges for Fausto to spend the evening with Marta (Irene Montala), a prostitute who proves to be similarly unavoidable. Fausto 5.0 was the first motion picture directed and produced by members of La Fura, an acclaimed Spanish theater troupe.
Mark Deming, Rovi
Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

The Catalan experimental theatre collective known as La Fura dels Baus likes to explore extremes, as was made clear by their recent London production of 'XXX', containing the most graphic depictions of sex and violence ever seen on any British stage. They have also produced several adaptations of Goethe's legend of Faust – a multi-media play, an opera, and now the film 'Fausto 5.0'.

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

While 'Fausto 5.0' has its own fair share of shocking and explicit images – a cadaver being carved up, sex on a surgical trolley with an underage girl, a dog eating a living man's entrails – it is for the most part as restrained as its main character, preferring to explore the outer limits not so much of taste as of life and death.

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

The life of Dr Fausto (Miguel Ángel Solá) is surrounded by death. His terminal, vegetable-like patients are living corpses, with no chance of recovery, and somewhere amidst all this misery and the mockery of his medical colleagues, Fausto has lost his sense of the value of life – his patients' life, and his own. Attending a cancer conference in another city, Fausto runs into Santos Vella (Eduard Fernandez), a forgotten patient whose whole stomach he had removed eight years ago, and who ought to be dead. Apparently grateful for his miraculous reprieve from death, Santos offers to fulfil Fausto's wishes, a tempting Mephistophelean deal which brings into sharp focus all of Fausto's doubts, dreams and desires

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

'Fausto 5.0' is a brilliant piece of philosophical horror. It opens on a cancer ward, made to look like a clinical version of hell – but once Fausto has stepped outside and made his journey to the city, he still seems to be in a world of moral cancer. Violet and yellow filters tint everything with the sickly, hyperreal sterility of a hospital; the scars and contusions of radical surgery are visible on many of the prostitutes, thieves, beggars, homeless, and elderly who populate the film's background; Fausto's hotel is wrapped, corpse-like, in plastic sheeting; and an orgiastic party takes place in an actual hospital.

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

This nightmare world, fantastically realised by cinematographer Fernando del Rey, is the surreal stage on which Fausto struggles with his own inner malaise, as he tries to work out, amidst a range of infernal temptations, what it is that he really wants from life. Josep Sanou's jarring electronic soundtrack provides the perfect accompaniment to Fausto's sense of dislocation.

Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

'Fausto 5.0' is probably not going to be everyone's favourite cure for cancer, but it is a haunting, intelligent piece of grand guignol – with a look all of its own – that no discerning fan of horror can afford to miss.

The perfect vehicle for a trip into hell.
Fausto 5.0 (2001) [Re-UP]

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