The Man with the Silver Case (screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2) would generate a rave review from me under any circumstances.
Shot in black and white by writer-director Colin Best, Silver Case stars Stuart Reid as the title character, a gun for hire tasked to deliver said hand luggage to a mysterious woman. We don’t know what’s inside it and we don’t even know The Man’s name; all we know is that he will go to any lengths to complete his mission.
Playing like a feature-length mashup of TV’s ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘The Prisoner,” The Man with the Silver Case is a triumph of both style and storytelling. Shot amidst stunning Swiss landscapes and filled with paranoia, ennui, anomie, and lots and lots of cigarettes, it’s one of the films of the year – and has left me eager to find out what comes next. Can we have a sequel, please?