Murder in Pacot
DIRECTOR: RAOUL PECK
CAST: ALEX DESCAS, JOY O. OGUNMAKIN, THIBAULT VINçON, KERMODE FIFI
Claire Denis regular Alex Descas and Joy O. Ogunmakin star in Peck’s lacerating middle-class chamber drama, set in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, playing a married bourgeois couple who rent space in their badly damaged Port-au-Prince villa to a white aid worker from France and his young Haitian girlfriend (Thibault Vinçon and Kermode Fifi), whose presence only further strains relations between the estranged husband and wife. Drawing inspiration from Pasolini’s Teorema, Peck delivers a profoundly pessimistic film that touches on matters of race, class, sex, non-government aid, and the painful persistence of the colonialist mindset, while never reducing its subtly shaded characters to mere placeholders.