Leap Year (Año bisiesto) Reviews

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August 5, 2019
Rowe's debut film is a powerful and wrenching experience distinguished by an uncomfortable emotional veracity that is nearly impossible to turn away from.
September 15, 2011
Nothing about Leap Year plays out exactly like you expect, and Rowe prefers to send you home with enigmatic questions instead of clear-cut answers.
July 1, 2011
"Leap Year" might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work.
June 30, 2011
... A satisfying psychosexual drama, even-handed in its criticism of both bucolic and metropolitan society.
June 24, 2011
Del Carmen's sort of the shadow version of Anna Magnani. Emotionally frail, slumbering, and nearly inarticulate, yet hungry, seething, and Earth-Motherish. A powerful performance in one of the most explicit and shocking films of the past several years.
June 24, 2011
It's a gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power.
June 24, 2011
To Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness.
June 24, 2011
A haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state.
June 23, 2011
It's not because of the amount of sex and nudity that the word "daring" comes to mind in describing Mnica del Carmen's performance, a combination of subtle vulnerability and abandonment.
June 23, 2011
Shocks only with its candor and complete lack of dramatic manipulation.
June 23, 2011
quiet, heartbreaking
June 23, 2011
Leap Year lets actions speak louder than words, and the actions here are shockingly explicit.
June 22, 2011
Like peanut butter and chocolate or Catholicism and guilt, few things go together better than sex and violence...
June 21, 2011
There are trifling signs of freshmanship, but also a steady observant eye, and in the end Leap Year bears heartbreaking witness to hopeless depression, isolation, and the failure of sex as few movies ever have.
June 18, 2011
Something wicked this way comes in Michael Rowe's Leap Year, a character study of outstanding subtlety and fierce aesthetic exactitude.
December 2, 2010
From Mexico, this bold and yet subtle film is so bracingly realistic that at times we begin worrying about the central actress.
November 29, 2010
A tough but humane and affecting watch.
November 29, 2010
It's an intense, powerful and at times deeply painful movie, a serious exercise in sexual politics, and Mnica del Carmen as Laura gives an outstanding, brave performance.
November 29, 2010
It shows what you can do when emotional understanding and storytelling craft become the ruling factors in a project, filtered through performers who can truly do the material justice.
November 29, 2010
A disturbing debut feature from Australian playwright Michael Rowe that is reminiscent of the Roman Polanski classic Repulsion.
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