Kept and Dreamless (Las Mantenidas sin suenos) (2005)

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A young girl and her drug-addicted mother struggle to stay afloat as Argentina's economic crisis threatens to pull them beneath its crippling undertow. Though the economic situation in their country is dire, nine year old Eugenia and her mother Florencia enjoy a relatively carefree life surrounded by colorful friends and caring family. But when Florencia reveals that she has just become pregnant and she doesn't know the identity of the father, Eugenia must mature before her time in order to prevent the situation from turning tragic. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Primer Plano Film Group S.A.

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If you get chance - see this movie - It'll be hard to find in the States, but you'll be amazed. A coked out mother, brilliant but way on the skids , is being buoyed by her 10 year old, and the support of some friends and neighbors, who all have their own problems. The men in the film are hopeless and ridiculous. The women are , well, "kept and dreamless", but not beyond hope. It really is a Marxist/Feminist film where class and history inform the situations. And most incredibly , it is a comedy really. Even in the most desperate states the director finds the absurd angle, which gives rise to the hope and sustenance of the film. It is also shot in great pop colors, particularly shades of green and pink (reflecting the earth and women ?) Finally the performances are as good as anything you'll see. The little girl,Lucia Snieg, is really really unbelievable. Where do these little actresses come from?! She's not even in the credits listed here, and she ought to be rich and famous!! Vera Fogwill as the mother is so real, so touching with the little girl, it grounds every scene. The bonding between all the women is heartening. The movie gives no easy answers, but in it's critique of gender, class, and Argentinian society, it manages to balance hope, laughs, and inspiration.

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

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