Run time: 100 mins
Evil is all around in this sophisticated thriller from first time director Andreas Fontana. The title being a Swiss banker’s code-word in conversation for ‘be silent’.
If Graham Greene rewrote Apocalypse Now, replaced the jungle with hotels and gentlemen’s clubs favoured by the ruling Argentinian military of the 1980s, then you’ll have a good idea of Azor.
Private banker Réné Keys has abruptly disappeared, leaving behind him nothing but unsavoury rumours. The question which preoccupies his business partner Yvan De Wiel (Fabrizio Rongione), newly arrived in Buenos Aires, is not the whereabouts of his colleague, but how to gain the upper hand in a rivalry which persists between them.
Yvan is at a loss as to how or why Réné could have disappeared. Yvan searches through Rene’s now deserted flat, finding a list of client names and one more word: “Lazaro”. This word appears to refer to a new secret government contract, a way of reviving money from the dead. Could it be that Réné ‘disappeared’ because he broke the azor code and told people about this Lazaro?
Fontana brings this conspiracy thriller a sensibility to the closed world of high finance and a sharpness to the phrase ‘dirty money’. (Jack Whiting)