Kinoteka 2013: 'Supermarket' review

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★★★☆☆ Fashioning a compelling yarn from a single shift at a supermarket was always likely to be a challenge for writer/director Maciej Zak. Despite said shift being an extra-long, New Year's Eve affair, and the staff in question security guards, it still sounds less than riveting. Yet Zak manages to pull it off with his constrained thriller Supermarket (2012). Although it never quite scales the tense heights it sometimes threatens to, it features a healthy dash of pitch-black absurdity to guide audiences into its dubious and dark underbelly. With the doors not yet open, a supermarket is undergoing the final preparations for Nye.

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