Directed by Frank Donnangelo
REVIEW BY COLIN McCLUSICK
Kanzler is about Richard “Kanzler”, an owner of a pharmacy in a small town, who gets held up at the end of his Friday night shift. When he gets home, he sits down with his wife and a cop and they discuss in detail the events that took place, trying to piece together who might have been the person that held him up and where they might strike next.
When you read the synopsis of the film you immediately think that it will be about the action of the robbery. In reality, the robbery is over in the first minute. The most captivating part is actually the dialogue between the characters. The interactions and communication between characters give us so much information, allowing us, as the viewer, to feel connected to the characters. Easily gleaning that they are living in a small town and they are a focal point in a close-knit community.
Award-winning writer-director Frank Donnangelo is known for his character-driven dramas and he doesn't disappoint here. The way his main character Richard Kanzler communicates with the other characters and reacts to the simplest of details lets you know exactly the type of person he is within the first minute of this film. Even while being held at gunpoint you can tell Richard’s a man who won't be pushed around. Having his name mispronounced was the worst thing the robber could have done as it might have given away his identity to Richard. Just listening to the way Richard speaks to the sheriff's office when he calls in the robbery shows that he is on a first-name basis and well-liked by the community. My favorite nuance of the dialogue was how Richard’s wife, Maureen, corrects the police officer’s grammar while he is speaking - as if he is still her grade school student.
Frank Donnagelo uses many different techniques to help the viewer feel synchronous with the emotions of the characters. In the opening shot, we are caught in the rain and see the robber struggling to get the money into his wallet. As a viewer, we can instantly feel the stress and anxiety of what is going on. Donnagelo continues to use sounds and the setting to connect the audience with everything his main character is feeling.
Overall this film was fantastic, keeping me entertained the whole time. Enjoy our curated collection and drop a comment with what you thought of the film!