Death and the Compass
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Death and the Compass is a loose adaptation of a Jorge Luis Borges short story from eccentric British writer-director Alex Cox (Repo Man). Treviranus (Miguel Sandoval), disheveled and haunted by the past, narrates the story of the last great case of a famous detective, Lonnrot (Peter Boyle). In a vaguely futuristic unnamed metropolis (most of the film was shot in Mexico City), Lonnrot investigates the case of a murdered rabbi, who was a Kabala scholar. Treviranus, Lonnrot's commander, quite rationally believes the murder was a botched robbery, and the work of the insane masked local crime… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bleary-eyed fever dream lumbered with impenetrable literary references, Death and the Compass quickly loses its way and expires long before its 90 minutes are up."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"The director of Repo Man takes an Argentinian short story by Jorge Luis Borges and brings it to the screen with his curious style."
‑ Christopher Null,
"When he [Director Alex Cox] overreaches and trips up...the thud is resounding."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Please take notes because you will be tested as the end of the movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Probably the kind of film for cultists who coo over Peter Greenaway films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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