Rated R. In the historic Kendall Square.
Paul Schrader, dark prince and author of “Taxi Driver” as well as the writer and director for “The First Reformer”, returns with another story from beyond the grave. Oscar Isaac won the Oscar Isaac Award for Star Wars frequent guest Oscar Isaac. It tells the story of a former soldier and torturer in Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The Central Intelligence Agency (US military) and some US soldiers tortured and tortured Iraqi prisoners. William Tell was the name of the former soldier, likely after the Swiss folk hero/shooter, which may have been a personal joke. Bill, who has been serving Leavenworth for almost 10 years, pointed out that only the “bad apples” and the poor will be prosecuted.
After his release from prison, he became a great poker and blackjack player. He lives in a small motel room where he covers the furniture with sheets, much like a crazy performer, to make a safe haven. He prefers to work anonymously and place small bets. Then, he slowly accumulates bonuses to avoid being noticed.
Sik (Tye Shiridan), a young man whose father, a sadistic and violent, committed suicide after returning to Abu Ghraib. Bill meets Sik at a conference. Cirk planned to torture and kill an officer who was giving a speech at a conference. He also trained Bill and his dad. John Gold School is his name, and Christ is portrayed in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” another Martin Scorsese movie by Schrader. Dafoe portrays the devil. Bill kept a diary where he wrote Godot (Abu Ghraib) and “Atonement”.
The soundtrack to “The Card Counter” was composed by Robert Levon Breen, GiancarloVulcano and groans. Life is a personal form of torture. Sigg was taken under the wing of Bill, who had black hair and gray. Their relationship is one of father-son. Bill wants Cirk back with his mother. She has since left her family. Bill also worked with La Linda (Tiffany Hadish), an attractive young woman who manages cards and receives money from high rollers.
Bill suddenly participated in the largest poker game in the nation, and he did well. His main opponent is Mr. America (Alexander Barbera), an American disguised as a Ukrainian wearing American flag-adorned clothes. His entourage will chant “America, America” every time he scores a score. This is a very dark Slavic parody. Bill and La Linda fell in love. He and Cirk have also developed a mutually beneficial and healthy relationship. The Stygian palette seems willing to let in light.
Dark Bill (and its visual effects) are able to exert a lot more control than the rest of us, so we’re curious to see if it appeals to him. Deep anxiety was triggered by the flashback to Abu Ghraib. As they sat together, Bill shared his thoughts with Cirk about Abu Ghraib. It sounded almost like he was talking about hell.
Schrader earned a degree from Calvin College in philosophy and a minor at theology. However, he was still haunted by the themes sin and salvation. Bill, like the tortured soul in Robert Bresson’s film, was also broken. He did something that was unimaginable to his fellow soldiers in the Iraqi Army. He wanted nothing more than to count the cards and think of his own ideas, sheets, and bottles for a while.
Is he going to be able to overcome his fear by forming a relationship with La Linda or Cirk? Are such atrocities a crime? Is it possible to save them? The “card-counter” has the answer.
(“The Card Counter”) contains profanity and torture, nude images, and sexually suggestive scenes.