The most striking thing about “Heroic” is the way it is shot. Most of its scenes are filmed statically and distant as if the camera is a passive bystander to what is happening in front of it. There are also no cuts in-between scenes – even when characters are moving from one area of the set to another, the camera follows and sticks with them even after they’ve reached their destination. This isn’t even talking about how in wide shots, the camera is positioned to make the actors look small and insignificant in the giant outdoor school.

The intensity of the film’s cinematography is the work of Carolina Costa, and it would not have worked nearly as much as it did without her. The cinematography strikes that perfect balance between invasive and distant, knowing but restrained, which perfectly fits the film’s themes. It serves as a visual representation that every superior at the Heroic Military College knows their sins but chooses to fuel them rather than stop them. Couple that with Zonana’s tight direction and the perpetually-murky college surroundings, and you’ve got a setting that, while never actually changing throughout the film, only gets more distressing as time wears on.

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