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Marga is a highly motivated, arrogant and successful business woman on assignment in Buenos Aires - a city she hates and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentina capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse, she must also find a new tenant for her family's decrepit apartment. Rapidly losing her patience waiting for one applicant, she runs into the mysterious Jorge lurking outside the front door of the place who informs her that he has a client willing to pay four times what she is asking in rent. There's one catch - the paperwork must be signed immediately. As greedy Marga waits to complete the transaction, several of Jorge's associates suspiciously appear at the apartment ready to strip the wallpaper. And what's behind the decor signals a startling fate worse than death - or should that be life! -- (C) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for Penumbra
There's talent here, but Villanueva, like a young artist still influenced by his elders, needs to find his own style or he'll become a skilled yet unexciting copyist.
The film's ending is a letdown, but it's a blast to root for such a brassy, rhymes with "itch" heroine.
There are several reasons to stay with "Penumbra" until the bloody end. Cristina Brondo makes this bitch-on-wheels likeable. She is a remarkable actress. And, the directors (Garcia Bogliano brothers) know how to build suspense. C'est bizarre!
Bearing in mind that the title of the film translates to 'shadowy, indefinite, or marginal' I leave it up to you to decided whether or not patience is one of your virtues.
Argentinean import Penumbra is a slick, teasing, well constructed genre offering that rather skillfully exploits audience antipathy toward its bitch-on-wheels protagonist.
Since the movie is one long build-up to a reveal, it offers a lot of time to learn to hate Brondo and everything she represents.
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