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The Line

 

112 minutes · 2017

Crime drama, Drama
Entertaining but muddled, this crime drama takes place along Slovakia's border with Ukraine, across which the protagonist (Tomas Mastalir) smuggles cigarettes and refugees. His criminal enterprise spins out of control after his teenage daughter gets pregnant, his mother cajoles him into hiring the girl's boyfriend, and his criminal associates begin to chafe at his refusal to handle drugs. Director Peter Bebjak tries to cover too much ground, drawing too many ethical lines in the sand for his hero to consider; the film offers neither the punch of a tightly focused narrative nor the epic scale of a Godfather-style saga. In Slovak and Ukrainian with subtitles.

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