Jay Weissberg about Parabellum on Variety: “Fitfully amusing and pleasingly unpredictable, Lukas Valenta Rinner’s film ties a minimalist end-of-days scenario to a trenchant look at bourgeois nihilism.
A nondescript group attend a survival training camp as the world slips into disaster in Lukas Valenta Rinner’s deadpan and distancing Parabellum. Shifting from comically surreal to absolutely serious, Rinner’s debut feature is something of a one-trick pony, playing with bourgeois notions of ensuring survival by paying tuition and going through drills under the watchful tutelage of “experts.” The irony, such as it is, is that the world really is experiencing some kind of cataclysm, for which the trainees, unflinchingly casting aside ethical constraints, are well prepared. Fitfully amusing and pleasingly unpredictable, the pic boasts ultra-controlled lensing that makes it a fest natural, and its short running time is a plus.”
Parabellum, presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival, is the first feature film by this Austrian-Argentinian director. His second film, Los Decentes (Die Liebhaberin), screened at Visionär earlier this year, will be released in Germany by Grandfilm next November.