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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of luck ???
The premise of this film is that some people can steal luck from others. The idea is bizarre but interesting, and the director (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and some great actors managed to make a great movie out of it.
The main character, Thomas (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a tragic crash that killed the other 236 passagers in the plane, is one of the...
Published on 24 Mar 2005 by M. B. Alcat

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2.0 out of 5 stars missed opportunity to make a classic
The idea is very interesting, but the execution is absolutely appalling. Feeble attempts at characterization,Shoddy, half-written ideas, poorly explained storyline,pretentiously scripted,then schizophrenically edited, with a director who has all the subtlety and suspense of a burglar throwing a brick through the window of a pensioner to announce his arrival. One star is...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of luck ???, 24 Mar 2005
This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The premise of this film is that some people can steal luck from others. The idea is bizarre but interesting, and the director (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and some great actors managed to make a great movie out of it.
The main character, Thomas (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a tragic crash that killed the other 236 passagers in the plane, is one of the "fortunate" people that can steal luck. He is not so fortunate, though, because he is arrested by the police while he is in a hospital recovering from the crash, due to the fact that he is a thief. Despite that, not all is lost for him.
A strange man called Federico (Eusebio Poncela) helps him to escape, on the condition that Thomas will bet for him in a secret and very exclusive ring of betting, and that they will split the earnings. As a consequence, Thomas is introduced to to a secret society of "fortunate" people addicted to betting all kind of things in different games. The stakes are high: money, houses, people... The questionn is: how far is Thomas ready to go?.
On the whole, I can say that I highly enjoyed this movie, and that I recommend it to you. I have never seen a plot similar to this one. Whether that means that I don't watch enough movies, or that is an extremely original film, I don't know. All the same, watch it: you have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain :)
Belen Alcat
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good luck., 20 Aug 2005
This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Possibly one of the most accessible world/art DVD films I've seen, it remains a real gem in my cinema collection.
The plot centres around an underground gambling ring run by and visited by people who have supernatural luck. Original, brillant and always interesting the film explores it ideas well and it feels like no other film. The narrative flows so gracefully you really don't notice how much skill is on show. The acting is flawless and unlike, some American or Japanese films, it never breaks its spell over you and brings you outside the story.
If you're new to world cinema this is a great place to start. It's film that's different but understandable. Emotional but not draining and best of all you'll probably enjoy it.
No extras but I don't care.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you feeling lucky?, 23 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo does a superb job tantalising the audience with this intriguing movie, drawing in the viewer with a bizarre tale of people who are born with more luck than the average person.
The enigmatic array of characters put their luck to the test through an underground network of people who organise a series of unusual bets.
Max von Sydow plays Samuel, the mysterious owner of a Casino and there are all round excellent performances by the four main characters, Tomás (Leonardo Sbaraglia), Federico (Eusebio Poncela), Alejandro (Antonio Dechent) and Sara (Mónica López), whose family were killed in a car crash. She is struggling to come to terms with being the sole survivor as well as tracking down bank robber and plane crash survivor Tomás.
Intacto is rare in that it is a clever and enthralling movie, while at the same time remaining quite dark and tense. Ultimately it leaves you pondering the true nature of what we call 'luck'.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and Thought Provoking, 13 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
What if luck was a tangible thing and some people had more of it than others? What if some people were gifted with the ability to siphon off the luck of others to use for themselves, or to trade?
Wouldn't it be great to be one of the gifted? To go to a casino, and clean up at the roulette and blackjack tables by absorbing the other player's luck. However, it wouldn't feel so great if you survived an accident which your family didn't because you took their luck.
This thoughtful Spanish film addresses such questions, which wouldn't be out of place in a science fiction novel. And, as with better science fiction novels, the story is told through character interaction without resorting to special effects, and "as you know, Bob" dialogue.
That is not to say that this film is not visually engaging, there are powerful scenes that drive it along. From the claustrophobic and unsettling cicada flying around treacle covered heads in a dark room, to a breathless, blindfolded race through a forest. But there are no clichéd visual effects as luck moves from one person to another, no car chases, no climactic explosions. There is love in the film, but it is a motivation for action, rather than a subplot between protagonists.
The story is told through five of these 'gifted' people. Tomás (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the bank robber, is found in the wreckage of a plane crash with bundles of cash strapped to his torso. He wakes up in hospital to find himself in the custody of policewoman Sara(Mónica López), a sole survivor of a car crash. Neither of them know of their talent.
Federico (Eusebio Poncela) used to work in a casino, siphoning the luck from those who were winning too much money. His talent was 'deactivated', and now he is a sort of talent scout. He helps Tomás escape in return for his taking part in an underground circuit of games played amongst those with the gift.
Alejandro (Antonio Dechent) used to be a bullfighter until he realised that it wasn't much fun after he lost his fear of the bulls. A natural thrill seeker, he was on the circuit for the sheer joy of the games. After Tomás escapes Sara, she uses Alejandro to help her recapture him by joining the circuit.
And the point of the the games? To whittle down the contenders to a single person to face Samuel Berg, known as the Jew, a holocaust survivor and the luckiest of the lucky. To face him in a game of inverse Russian Roulette, with five bullets, and the challenger gets the first shot. Berg, played by Max von Sydow with his usual grandeur, has never lost.
This is clean and subtle story telling. Through Tomás and Sara we are introduced to the idea of being lucky and the games circuit. Frederico demonstrates the bitterness of someone who understands the whole process of luck, and was once talented himself but is powerless. Alejandro, the ennui of a thrill seeker who can only get pleasure from playing amongst equals. Tomás and Sara are reflections of each other. Not just because they are on different sides of the law. Despite both being sole survivors of accidents Tomás left his girlfriend before his flight (thus saving her life), while Sara still carries the physical and emotional scars of the car crash that killed her husband and daughter. Her torment is increased when she realises that she survived by taking their good fortune.
There isn't a lot of explanation in this film, but the performances provide enough through calm, assured and believable acting. The wry smile on Berg's face at the pivotal moment of the finale says more about his thoughts than ten minutes of explanatory dialogue.
Although the film is called Intact, none of these characters are. They all bear scars and guilt from their talent. They have all been broken somehow, and by that standard, they aren't very lucky at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars missed opportunity to make a classic, 4 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The idea is very interesting, but the execution is absolutely appalling. Feeble attempts at characterization,Shoddy, half-written ideas, poorly explained storyline,pretentiously scripted,then schizophrenically edited, with a director who has all the subtlety and suspense of a burglar throwing a brick through the window of a pensioner to announce his arrival. One star is for the idea, and the other is for Sydow who seems to have spent his whole life looking aged 65, but whose quality always appears effortless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - thrilling and inventive., 13 Sep 2004
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H. R. Trigg "howietUK" (Swindon, Wilts United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
What a film. I have to be honest, I'd never heard of this before, but I am so glad I took a chance with it.
Its quite a difficult film plot to describe: but in a nut shell its about a dangerous game played with people who have proved to be 'extremely' lucky (perhaps supernaturally so). The games become more and more dangerous, and are always played blindfolded (my favourite was running through a forest hand ties behind backs - the last NOT to run into a tree is the winner). There is a reason for this (which I wont disclose) and this is genuinely and exciting a quite unique movie.
All the actors are excellent (especially Max von Sydow and the gorgeous Leonardo Sbaraglia from Burnt Money).
A thrilling and inventive movie.
(NB: The film is mainly in Spanish with some English)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching., 15 Oct 2008
This was an very interesting and thought provoking and takes a while to figure out what is going on. The main topic being there are people gifted with luck and can increase theirs by stealing yours. It is worth watching because even though there are supposed lucky they lives dont seem that great??.

Drawbacks.
The film is partly in spoken spanish and english with subtitles in both. Not a problem for me as trying to learn spanish.
It plays on my computer but not on my DVD player so you need to make sure your DVD has multi region support.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What if luck was finite and contagious?, 29 Jun 2005
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Dr. P. J. A. Wicks (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The central plot of Intacto revolves around a number of extraordinarily individuals for whom good luck seems to follow them in abundance. They make fortunes, survive fatal accidents, and benefit from unlikely coincidence. But at a cost; the luck they have is stolen from others. If they survive an accident, it's at the expense of everyone else.
Intacto is an engaging film and, like most slightly sci-fi thrillers, an interesting thought experiment in the "what would you do" category. Good performances all round, particularly from Max Von Sydow who is always good to watch. The film dives between Spanish and English, reflecting it's funding origins, so probably not one for those with poor eyesight or an allergy to subtitled foreign films. For everyone else, though, I would recommend you give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film, with art-house leaning, beyond typical Hollywood trash., 31 July 2014
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Interesting film, with art-house leaning, beyond typical Hollywood trash. Existential realism, slightly gritty, authentic but stylishly unreal via an alienated portrayal of modern life, almost resembling a dream. The actors have a blatant down-to-earth unassuming temperament-flavour, dry. Reminded me somewhat of "The Limits of Control." The Limits of Control [DVD] [2009]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Heroes, 28 Feb 2014
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Richard Morton (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Intacto [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Watched this on Amazon Prime this week, been mulling over whether to watch it for a while. Was a decent film in the end, kinda like a more studied serious version of Heroes (the first series before it all went down hill). The real problem was the length, could of done with seeing more of the world these guys inhabit. Mini series perhaps?

Anyway, all in all worth a watch but not life changing.
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