Leap Year (Año bisiesto) Reviews

  • Dec 10, 2018

    This film was at first sight a turn off, the main actress at first seems like a self indulgent loser. The sex is honestly portrayed as empty, unlike Hollywood movies which tend to glamorize situations, in this film the sex scenes are depressing rather than unfilleting. I did understand why some reviewers were put off but I appreciate it rather than enjoyed it. So for this film set on its view apart, I give " Ano Bisiesto KA Leap Year " a D.

    This film was at first sight a turn off, the main actress at first seems like a self indulgent loser. The sex is honestly portrayed as empty, unlike Hollywood movies which tend to glamorize situations, in this film the sex scenes are depressing rather than unfilleting. I did understand why some reviewers were put off but I appreciate it rather than enjoyed it. So for this film set on its view apart, I give " Ano Bisiesto KA Leap Year " a D.

  • Apr 21, 2016

    One of the most disturbing films I've seen possibly, just for its complete restraint in exploring the uncomfortable relationship between these two leads. A lot of art house films of this sort have similar scenes but I feel for shock value, while here, it's extremely purposeful in portraying an empty existence and complete meaningless life to the lead. Undeniably intense. While I feel the ending is too optimistic given the tone of the film overall, this is a highly entertaining sex film in the most twisted way.

    One of the most disturbing films I've seen possibly, just for its complete restraint in exploring the uncomfortable relationship between these two leads. A lot of art house films of this sort have similar scenes but I feel for shock value, while here, it's extremely purposeful in portraying an empty existence and complete meaningless life to the lead. Undeniably intense. While I feel the ending is too optimistic given the tone of the film overall, this is a highly entertaining sex film in the most twisted way.

  • Jan 12, 2016

    why are critics praising on this,is beyond me...it's like a grotesque version of 50 shades of grey...and I didn't even bother with that one,so...i don't really know why I watched this one in the first place.dear critics,you have a sick mind.sorry.

    why are critics praising on this,is beyond me...it's like a grotesque version of 50 shades of grey...and I didn't even bother with that one,so...i don't really know why I watched this one in the first place.dear critics,you have a sick mind.sorry.

  • Sep 27, 2015

    *** my review may contain spoilers *** Simply disgusting and horrible. Don't even bother unless you want to pull your own teeth or doing root canal without anaesthetic while watching this. I never wrote a review about any movie ever. If I watch any bad film, I just gonna think (well, wasted 2hrs of my life.. okay lets move on) not this one. This one is just scarred me for life. I've never been feminist myself but its just simply stupid. its just make me angry with the man and the woman. Its disgusting, pointless, too much porn action that super unnecessary (ok I watch it one or two actions, cool yeah I got it. no need too much) and BDSM that kind of more cruel. i live in Bangkok where most of the times, I think of how morally depraved and I feel sad of the situation here as in prostitution and any sort of real life problem for people who faced it. the depression, the loneliness, the eager and hope of from a woman who work here, in a soi cowboy or nana plaza, to get a man - who maybe one day actually going to care or fall for her. Or at least know their name. You could smell the sadness from hundred yards away if you live here. but this movie is just...... i don't even understand..... like really....... Too many pissing scene (as the guy pissed and the woman pissed in toilet) - if I'm into watersport porn or pissing movie - i can just use that keyword in any porn site I feel so frustrated because i hope in the end of the movie - there will be some sick twisted that make me not so evil by watching this. But its not. I just feel like I want to shower and pray to Universe and clean myself for what I just watch. I feel I lost my humanity by watching this movie. I don't get any "moral or life lesson or" this is what life nowadays, guys". nope, didn't get that message. zilch. nada. But then again, thats just my opinion. I realise nobody cares. I just share what i feel now and i feel satisfaction by doing it. I am sure, for you guys who super smart and understand about humanity and real life, maybe you could gain some lesson and found it interesting. For me everything is confusing and frustrating, either the girl want to suicide, or she want this guy to kill her, or is she incest and who took her virginity, nothing is answer. nothing. too foggy like pollution in China. if i want to watch or see something that too frustrating - i could just watch politics or real life news everyday, not a film.

    *** my review may contain spoilers *** Simply disgusting and horrible. Don't even bother unless you want to pull your own teeth or doing root canal without anaesthetic while watching this. I never wrote a review about any movie ever. If I watch any bad film, I just gonna think (well, wasted 2hrs of my life.. okay lets move on) not this one. This one is just scarred me for life. I've never been feminist myself but its just simply stupid. its just make me angry with the man and the woman. Its disgusting, pointless, too much porn action that super unnecessary (ok I watch it one or two actions, cool yeah I got it. no need too much) and BDSM that kind of more cruel. i live in Bangkok where most of the times, I think of how morally depraved and I feel sad of the situation here as in prostitution and any sort of real life problem for people who faced it. the depression, the loneliness, the eager and hope of from a woman who work here, in a soi cowboy or nana plaza, to get a man - who maybe one day actually going to care or fall for her. Or at least know their name. You could smell the sadness from hundred yards away if you live here. but this movie is just...... i don't even understand..... like really....... Too many pissing scene (as the guy pissed and the woman pissed in toilet) - if I'm into watersport porn or pissing movie - i can just use that keyword in any porn site I feel so frustrated because i hope in the end of the movie - there will be some sick twisted that make me not so evil by watching this. But its not. I just feel like I want to shower and pray to Universe and clean myself for what I just watch. I feel I lost my humanity by watching this movie. I don't get any "moral or life lesson or" this is what life nowadays, guys". nope, didn't get that message. zilch. nada. But then again, thats just my opinion. I realise nobody cares. I just share what i feel now and i feel satisfaction by doing it. I am sure, for you guys who super smart and understand about humanity and real life, maybe you could gain some lesson and found it interesting. For me everything is confusing and frustrating, either the girl want to suicide, or she want this guy to kill her, or is she incest and who took her virginity, nothing is answer. nothing. too foggy like pollution in China. if i want to watch or see something that too frustrating - i could just watch politics or real life news everyday, not a film.

  • Jan 26, 2015

    I can only describe Monica del Carmen's performance as absolutely fearless.

    I can only describe Monica del Carmen's performance as absolutely fearless.

  • Jan 19, 2015

    A raw, uncompromising portrait of a woman journalist, brilliantly played by Monica Del Carmen, who is riven by isolation, financial insecurity and a sexually abusive past. The direction is masterful and if you like the work of Haneke and Von Trier, you may well find a lot to appreciate here.

    A raw, uncompromising portrait of a woman journalist, brilliantly played by Monica Del Carmen, who is riven by isolation, financial insecurity and a sexually abusive past. The direction is masterful and if you like the work of Haneke and Von Trier, you may well find a lot to appreciate here.

  • Sep 28, 2014

    Sort of weird...S&M gone a little crazy...she should have probably asked an NFL player to off her during sex

    Sort of weird...S&M gone a little crazy...she should have probably asked an NFL player to off her during sex

  • Jul 08, 2013

    Very depressing, very miserable, very real. Great performance from Monica Del Carmen and it must have cost about 50p to make. Minimal budget film makers take note.

    Very depressing, very miserable, very real. Great performance from Monica Del Carmen and it must have cost about 50p to make. Minimal budget film makers take note.

  • Feb 22, 2013

    Año Bisiesto (Leap Year) (Michael Rowe, 2010) I am willing to admit right up front that some of my problems with this movie come from the fact that I'm really, really uncomfortable with some of the material presented here. When the Netflix description said main character Laura (Babel's Monica del Carmen) gets involved in a sadomasochistic relationship, I figured that was probably the Netflix blurbers' much-storied hyperbole kicking into action, and halfway through the movie, when we get to the kind of butt-smacking that causes women in porn films to exclaim "oh, YEAH!" in THAT voice, I figured my preconceptions were going to be borne out. But oh, how wrong I was, and like I said, I will admit up front that if you are more comfortable with such things, you might find less to criticize here than I did. But note: I said "might", because the empirical problems with this movie are still there, and they are still mighty. Plot: Laura is a journalist leading a spectacularly unfulfilling life while keeping up appearances for the folks back home. ("I'm having dinner... I just made steak", she says during a phone conversation to her mother, while scooping beans straight out of the can.) Her love life, in particular, is not giving her anything she needs-it's a series of one-night stands and masturbatory fantasies that leave her no better off than she was before they happened. Until, that is, spurred on by her younger brother (The Ruination of Men's Marco Zapata) finally getting involved in a stable relationship, she decides to go looking for one herself and gets involved with Arturo (Amores Perros' Gustavo Sánchez Parra), who quickly reveals himself to be a brutal, abusive, overly jealous cad of the sort that would have most people fleeing screaming in terror-but Laura seems perfectly fine with it. It's impossible to watch any sexual-obsession drama from Mexico these days and not compare it to Batalla en el Cielo, Carlos Reygadas' confusing, but accomplished, debut. In short, there is no metric by which you can compare this movie to that one in which this does not fall short. Rowe's faux-cinema-verite camerawork is laughable most of the time, used more as an excuse for crappy lighting and sound more than any artistic pretension (though not to say this movie isn't painfully pretentious). The pace is nonexistent in the first half and glacial in the second, and I say this as a huge fan of such slow-film masters as Ozu, Kieslowski, and Tarr. Simply put, there's nothing here; it's a slice-of-life drama with not enough slice for the S&M fiends and not enough life for anyone else. Half a star because, despite my desperately wanting to, I did not shut it off, persevering to the bitter (and entirely unfulfilling) end. 1/2

    Año Bisiesto (Leap Year) (Michael Rowe, 2010) I am willing to admit right up front that some of my problems with this movie come from the fact that I'm really, really uncomfortable with some of the material presented here. When the Netflix description said main character Laura (Babel's Monica del Carmen) gets involved in a sadomasochistic relationship, I figured that was probably the Netflix blurbers' much-storied hyperbole kicking into action, and halfway through the movie, when we get to the kind of butt-smacking that causes women in porn films to exclaim "oh, YEAH!" in THAT voice, I figured my preconceptions were going to be borne out. But oh, how wrong I was, and like I said, I will admit up front that if you are more comfortable with such things, you might find less to criticize here than I did. But note: I said "might", because the empirical problems with this movie are still there, and they are still mighty. Plot: Laura is a journalist leading a spectacularly unfulfilling life while keeping up appearances for the folks back home. ("I'm having dinner... I just made steak", she says during a phone conversation to her mother, while scooping beans straight out of the can.) Her love life, in particular, is not giving her anything she needs-it's a series of one-night stands and masturbatory fantasies that leave her no better off than she was before they happened. Until, that is, spurred on by her younger brother (The Ruination of Men's Marco Zapata) finally getting involved in a stable relationship, she decides to go looking for one herself and gets involved with Arturo (Amores Perros' Gustavo Sánchez Parra), who quickly reveals himself to be a brutal, abusive, overly jealous cad of the sort that would have most people fleeing screaming in terror-but Laura seems perfectly fine with it. It's impossible to watch any sexual-obsession drama from Mexico these days and not compare it to Batalla en el Cielo, Carlos Reygadas' confusing, but accomplished, debut. In short, there is no metric by which you can compare this movie to that one in which this does not fall short. Rowe's faux-cinema-verite camerawork is laughable most of the time, used more as an excuse for crappy lighting and sound more than any artistic pretension (though not to say this movie isn't painfully pretentious). The pace is nonexistent in the first half and glacial in the second, and I say this as a huge fan of such slow-film masters as Ozu, Kieslowski, and Tarr. Simply put, there's nothing here; it's a slice-of-life drama with not enough slice for the S&M fiends and not enough life for anyone else. Half a star because, despite my desperately wanting to, I did not shut it off, persevering to the bitter (and entirely unfulfilling) end. 1/2

  • Feb 06, 2013

    Quite a disturbing movie without much purpose nor rhythm. Although the character is believable in current life time, the progression of the story is not.

    Quite a disturbing movie without much purpose nor rhythm. Although the character is believable in current life time, the progression of the story is not.