Director: Costa-Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin. 127 min. Rated PG. France/Algeria. Drama/History.
Made by Costa-Gavras, the master of political conspiracies, this Best Foreign Language Oscar winner amazes us how the elements of bringing down a democracy (here in Greece) is always facilitated by a common tool: thugocracy. Plainclothes criminals, almost impossible to prosecute, are paid in droves to assassinate intellectuals and terrorize followers; and the bitter part of the story is, it works. This movie will leave you in despair - another common Costa-Gavras element, or any other political movie element.
PS: The Missing is still Costa-Gavras' best work I've seen so far.