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I May Destroy You
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An ongoing display of eroticism in opulent settings that does not justify the thin and unbelievable plot of a woman falling in love with her kidnapper just because he saves her after she falls in the water trying to fight him off. The ending left me with "Why did I even watch this?"
When a mysterious Mexican messenger approaches Sylvia (Charlize Theron), an elegant sex-addict working as a wine stewardess at a posh Oregon seaside restaurant, she reluctantly begins to face her past. As a teenager, she is Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) living in small desert town in New Mexico. When she discovers her mother's (Kim Basinger) seamy affair with a Mexican laborer, her attempt to interfere becomes a devastating disaster. Falling in love with the Mexican's son Santiago further complicates the issue, especially since both their families turn against them for consorting with the other side. Add an unwanted pregnancy to trigger her disappearance. The movie cleverly illustrates little-known aspects of life in small Southwest towns, including shaky relations between Mexicans and Americans. Both Theron and Lawrence give outstanding performances that highlight the gut-wrenching effects a mother's infidelity can have on a teenage girl. However, the film is unlikely to ever get serious recognition because Santiago suggests to Mariana that if they move to Mexico, they will find peace.