La ciénaga

La ciénaga

DVD - 2005 | Spanish
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Mecha, her husband Gregorio and their friends are spending another stifling day drinking and lounging around the filthy swimming pool of their crumbling summer estate when Mecha stumbles and is badly cut on her broken wine glass. On hearing the news, her less affluent cousin Tali marshals her own large family for a visit. The long, hot summer and crowded situation strain everyone's nerves and repressed family conflicts surface. An atmosphere of oppressive humidity and constant foreboding fill this commentary on the decadence, malaise and racism of Argentina's decaying elite.


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Jun 11, 2015

La Cienaga is Spanish for the swamp. It seems that the idea of the film is to show the aimlessness and the crudeness of the conditions of Argentina. The people in this film are a mess. You know that this is not an ordinary film, when it starts out with a bunch of aging, rich drunks, and none of them helps one who falls down in a drunken stupor. Beware, as the director tosses a bewildering number of characters at the audience and you lose track of who is who. Maybe the characters are not important. I suspect that this will be the least understood of the films I see this year. Really, there is no plot – just degradation after degradation.


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