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December 15, 2013
una pelicula muy bien lograda con algo de comedia oscura ,metaforas y referencias a el pesimismo y el mal con buenas actuaciones y conmovedora
Super Reviewer
June 1, 2013
The movie tells the story of this girl, with a very overactive imagination, who believes that when her baby brother is born. This movie did absolutely nothing for me, because it's the worst thing a movie can be. No, not bad...although you could make the argument. No, this movie is completely and utterly a chore to watch. I had to watch the movie in two separate days and, to be honest, if I hadn't finished watching it at all, it would not have bothered me because I don't think I would've missed much. And I KNOW I didn't miss anything because I did finish it. Another issue is the pacing of the film. If I hadn't watched this film in two separate nights, I think I would've given this film a much lower rating. Getting through the first hour requires massive levels of concentration. The pacing makes the first hour seem more like three. The second hour of the film is easier to get through, but I imagine that it was mostly because I, again, watched the film in two different nights. If there was a major problem with the film was the story. I simply don't think there was enough interesting material to justify the film being as long as it is. I would say that as far as story progression, the film is fine. The problem is the execution itself leaves a lot to be desired. The most interesting stuff in the movie is the stuff that's implicit, like the terrorist attacks by a communist group. They don't make a big deal out of it, as it's supposed to be metaphorical, but this might've been the best part of the film itself, how they incorporate these attacks into the stories without it feeling forced. There's also these dream sequences with people from Peru's history that could be considered heroes and how Cayetana wishes to be a hero like them and how they way their lives turned out end up affecting her and how she reacts to her new baby brother. The problem is that Cayetana is really, as a character, completely unlikable and, realistically, kind of a bitch. Not to mention the girl that played her, her performances leaves a lot to be desired. Her delivery is awful. She simply doesn't have the skills to play, what should've been, a complex character. Never at any point do you see this girl as anything but a bitch. And that's unfortunate, because I think the character could've been good with a better actress. I did like that this girl had a cold and detached demeanor about her, but that's about it. Her delivery is terrible and she completely drags this movie down. The story is aimless and rarely goes anywhere, so you add that on top of the terrible acting from the main actress and the awful pacing, I'm probably being very considerate in giving it 2 stars. I will admit that the film get better as it reached its climax, but by that point it's really too late. The movie has its funny lines and everything, but you could miss about 80% of this film and you'd still get the gist of the story from the other 20%. So that makes it hard to justify, in my mind, the length of the film. I really don't recommend watching this movie in one sitting because you will die of boredom, at least I almost did. Good idea, terrible execution.
January 8, 2013
García-Montero does an excellent job of seamlessly interweaving the story of a little girl living in her own world with the story of a Peruvian nation undergoing political strain. The visuals and the soundtrack are beautiful, the historical allusions and cultural depictions remain truly relevant, and the dark and yet hilarious script leaves the viewer wanting more.
July 7, 2012
"AN AUDACIOUS DELIGHT." Kathryn Schroeder, FILMFRACTURE

The Bad Intentions follows Cayetana over the course of the pregnancy for her mother, and it promises to climax with her own death for she believes that she must die since her brother is to be born. Dark, for sure; humorous coming from a confused and lonely child, definitely. Experiencing time with Cayetana and her twisted mentality is not frightful, or rooted in horror. This is a film about a girl experiencing a great deal of life in a very short time. It is thought provoking, funny, and at times hard to pin down exactly where Director and Screenwriter Rosario García-Montero is planning on going, and just how far she is willing to go with Cayetana.

Amidst the fantastic performance by Fatima Buntinx as Cayetana, the breathtaking cinematography of Rodrigo Pulpeiro (the tracking shots are amazing, the framing impeccable, and such a great hand with focus indeed), and creative writing of Garcia-Montero The Bad Intentions becomes an audacious delight. Cayetana is an intelligent, spirited, overly dramatic, twisted little girl full of curiosity and dark thoughts. It is an absolute pleasure spending time with her, as any viewer of this film will agree.
February 19, 2012
Uno de los primeros y quiza unicos retratos psicologicos que tiene el cine peruano, por momentos me hacia recordar a Taxi Driver, con la diferencia de que es Cayetana quien ve todo que sucede a su alrededor y responde de una manera ingenua pero contundente a la coyuntura tanto nacional como personal. BUENISIMA
January 12, 2012
Una de las pocas películas peruanas que podría recomendar para sentirme orgulloso que en mi país se hacen bien las cosas.
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