Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2013: The Colour of the Chameleon

Taking on chameleonic qualities, The Colour of the Chameleon (Tsvetat na Hameleona) is a smart entry into the espionage thriller while also being something of a semi-satiric deconstruction of the genre as well as of the political corruption that pervades the post-Soviet territories. Its attention to detail and penchant for cumulative impact demand patience; like belatedly cunning protagonist Batko Stamenov (Ruscen Vidinliev), the film keeps its wider points half-hidden under a deceptively light touch. Slickly made, in aesthetic terms it doesn’t immediately strike one as particularly invested in history or in real life.