I have to admit I made a mistake before watching it The Penny Black. I watched the trailer. And although the trailer doesn’t reveal anything about the film, I felt myself betrayed in my principle of blindly going into a film.
Fortunately, there is a tricky and conventional aspect to introducing The Penny Black. This is a film with a lot of confidence in its presentation of a curvy story that can only be interesting. In the first ten minutes, you will realize the type of story that you are being told. Find out who is who in this mysterious thriller about realism and deception. Yes, I completely forgot about the trailer when expectations were shifted towards a more emotional journey.
The Penny Black is a more casual story about a conversation that ignites something bigger and more intrusive than anyone thought it could be. What begins as an innocent admission of fact turns into an exploration of the bizarre limits of the concept of persona.
After a conversation, two filmmakers decide to make a story about a man with an interesting claim. The day after they met him, they start shooting. An interview reveals that a neighbor left him a duffel bag with something very valuable. He says he just needs to hold her for a while. The neighbor disappears and Will decides to look. He notices that there are only scrapbooks with postage stamps.
However, these are not just simple postage stamps. They seem very valuable. When the filmmakers notice this convenient coincidence, they meet Will. His past is as dark as his behavior. This is not a normal man. There is something. The documentary goes deep into Will and the mystery of the postage stamps, the neighbor, and a strange laying too good to be true.
The documentary quickly takes us into a web of suspicion and lies. Even Will, the man who started it all, seems to comfortably disappear whenever he wants. But it’s the whole concept of noir that makes the realistic film even more interesting. That this is happening is extraordinary. As soon as the investigation moves into a darker environment, reality sets in and the dangerous backdrop appears.
It’s in the last scene where we can rest and actually believe in some of Will’s own arguments. He may be telling the truth, but now the extreme limbs his story has grown over are more important than his own dark backstory. He comes from a family that has too many twists and turns to put aside. Exploring that seems to awaken a defensive side of Will, and this is where the filmmakers draw the line.
This is not your everyday story of detectives trying to explain a formidable turn of events. It is a random film about a young man who reveals his true nature during a strange investigation into him and his behavior
Joe Saunders, behind a director’s chair, but actively involved in the film, asks embarrassing questions and finds answers. We, the audience, know that something goes beyond smiling and being sympathetic. We’re not sure Will is lying all the time. But we’re sure he’s not telling the whole truth.