La Cienaga (2001)
Critic Consensus: Dense yet impressively focused, La Cienaga is a disquieting look at domestic dissatisfaction - and a powerful calling card for debuting writer-director Lucrecia Martel.
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Critic Reviews for La Cienaga
Every shot is dense with life, with children and animals running in and out, yet the movie is highly focused, a small masterpiece.
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.
Audience Reviews for La Cienaga
There is something fascinating in the way this brilliant film is constructed, directed and edited, as Martel draws a dreary, uncomfortably humid (and even hilariously exaggerated) portrait of Northern Argentinian bourgeoisie, especially with regards to social oppression.
this film is one of those discomfort making works like mike leigh's naked or solondz' happiness. the study of a bourgeois family on vacation, mostly having a miserable time: there's no real plot here but the ending, when it comes, seems inevitable. rather stunning for a debut film. be warned: there are virtually no likeable characters. i'd love to see more of martel's work
A very promising debut from Lucrecia Martel. No real plot but that doesn't matter when it's such a great study a family life. Beautifully shot also.
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