Amor Bandino

Amor Bandido – just enough spice, shocks and steam to keep its head above water

Bandit Love / Wicked Love

FILM AND TV

Amor Bandido (also known as Bandit Love and Wicked Love) is awaiting a UK release date.



Daniel Andres Werner’s feature-length directorial debut, Amor Bandido, starts as a steamy forbidden romance centred on manipulation and control before transitioning to a shocking and, at times, uncomfortable thriller. While interesting, the transition in the narrative feels slightly messy. As a result, we are left with an engaging and tightly woven film that holds several interesting twists and turns before eventually running out of steam.

Joan (Renato Quattordio) is an average sixteen-year-old who spends his nights listening to music while working on school projects. However, Joan also has a secret that, if discovered, could change his life forever. For months, Joan has been involved in an illicit affair with his school teacher Luciana (Romina Ricci). When Joan finds out that Luciana plans on quitting her job due to the affair, he agrees to run away with her to a remote farmhouse, where the couple can finally be together, free from rules and regulations; at least, that’s how Joan sees it. But as Luciana and Joan settle into the remote cabin, secrets will be revealed, and sex will become a weapon.


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From the outset, Amor Bandido carries an uneasy feeling as it introduces you to Luciana and Joan and their manipulative and uncomfortable affair. Here the opening forty minutes of Werner’s movie often feels like a strange mash-up of Shannon Tweed’s erotic thriller A Woman Scorned 1993 and Hannah Fidell’s far more serious exploration of teacher and student relationships in A Teacher (2013). However, as Luciana and Joan settle into the remote cabin they now call home, Werner quickly begins to ratchet up the tension as the sex scenes are replaced by a feeling of impending doom. Here Joan’s innocence in the emotional games at play becomes more and more visible as he ignores multiple warning signs that Luciana may not be the person he thinks he loves.

However, despite some solid tension as things spiral out of Joan’s control, the final act struggles to wrap things up. Here the final scenes are somewhat ambiguous as Werner quickly looks for an escape route. As a result, Amor Bandido never quite finds its voice, but somehow, it remains engaging all the same. While Werner’s debut feature is quickly forgotten, Amor Bandido has just enough spice, shocks and steam to keep its head above water.


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  • STAR RATING
2.5

Summary

While Werner’s debut feature is quickly forgotten, Amor Bandino has just enough spice, shocks and steam to keep its head above water.

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