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Southern District (2009)





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An upper class family slips into decline in this drama from Bolivian filmmaker Juan Carlos Valdivia. Carola (Ninon Del Castillo) lives in an exclusive neighborhood in La Paz, where she shares her home with her children after splitting up with her husband. Her oldest son Patricio (Juan Pablo Koria) is sullen and obsessed with sex, making out with his girlfriend Carolina (Luisa De Urioste) at every time and pestering Carola to get him more condoms. Daughter Bernarda (Mariana Vargas) is an out-of-the-closet lesbian who doesn't get along with Carola, who openly disapproves of her girlfriend Erika (Glenda Rodriguez), convinced she's beneath the family's standards. And six-year-old Andres (Nicolas Fernandez) is strongly attached to his mother and often drifts into a world of his own, talking with his imaginary friend and hopping from his tree house to the nearby rooftops. Carola's finances are in sad shape, and she's been forced to borrow money to keep up the household's expensive lifestyle, and as she becomes increasingly distracted, it's her servants Marcelina (Viviana Condori) and Wilson (Pascual Loayza) who are holding the house together. Zona Sur (aka Southern District) received its American premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Southern District

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Southern District feels like a snapshot of a world on the brink of extinction.

January 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Southern District" observes the fissures between Bolivia's segregated white and indigenous groups but with no fresh insight, which no amount of cinematographic histrionics can provide.

January 26, 2010

...uses a constantly-moving camera (usually panning right) along with odd angles and mirror shots to give the viewer the sense of being a voyeur seeing things normally kept out of the public eye.

August 10, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Valdivia captures his characters' bubble-like existence without neglecting the bigger social picture.

March 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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