La Ciénaga (2001)
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Two families try to make the best of a bad situation as they suffer through a crippling heat wave in this neo-realistic drama, featuring a primarily non-professional cast. Tali (Mercedes Moran) is minding four small children with little help from her husband, who is preoccupied with the opening of hunting season, as a record hot spell grips Argentina. Things aren't much better for her cousin Mecha (Graciela Borges), who is looking after four teenagers and a husband (Martin Adjemian) who can
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Experiencing this film ultimately becomes as stimulating as watching metal rust.
There's a real energy in the way that La Cienaga takes nothing for granted -- except your attention and your intelligence.
A strikingly well-directed, relentlessly dreary debut feature from Argentine director Lucrecia Martel.
Look closely and you'll find something not often present in your average art-house flick -- a hint, intense and unsettling, of art itself.
Martel glues together a disjointed picture of a society where tension lies only skin deep.
The triumph of La Cienaga lies in Martel's way of fashioning the kind of ensemble performance that draws us in by convincing us we're watching behavior, not acting.
"La Cienaga" literally means the swamp, and the film feels it: a hothouse atmosphere of heat waves and rainstorms and the mired feeling of life stuck in a social bog.
[Martel's] technique works, often brilliantly, in depicting the hyper-real, unsettling atmosphere of a sometimes normal, potentially violent, mostly sick family.
La Cienaga is well worth the trouble finding -- and sitting through -- wherever it plays.
I found it a fascinating fly-on-the-wall experience, seeing the kind of ugly moments a family would hide from us had we been officially invited in.
A disturbing narrative of anomie, bigotry, and dysfunctionality that holds up a revelatory mirror to human nature.
A dark drama cuts to the bone with its relentlessly bleak portrait of family life breaking down.
Within the first moments of her debut feature, La Ciénaga, writer/director Lucrecia Martel demonstrates a piercing sensibility and a sharp eye.
Oblique but potent, it's a film that will likely resonate with dispirited people everywhere.
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