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La Ciénaga

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Argentina, France, Spain · 2001
Rated R · 1h 43m
Director Lucrecia Martel
Starring Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce
Genre Comedy, Drama

Mecha and Gregorio are vacationing with their family at their decaying country house where the adults are constantly drinking, the children are never supervised, and the blistering heat is always a concern. When Mecha cuts herself and has to go to the hospital, the children take advantage of their increased freedom.

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Chicago Tribune by

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel takes fundamental risks with form and style, and it pays off brilliantly.


New Times (L.A.) by Bill Gallo

For better or worse, the filmmaker says nothing directly political about the cruel fate suffered by her people, but the dark poetry of her allusions is powerful.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

The triumph of La Cienaga lies in Martel's way of fashioning the kind of ensemble performance that draws us in by convincing us we're watching behavior, not acting.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Martel can barely contain her disgust, and like Bunuel before her, she knows just when to cut the laughs and go straight for the throat.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Martel's sharp observations of the foibles of human nature are expressed perfectly in the telling images of cinematographer Hugo Colace and tight editing of Santiago Ricci.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

It's better to know going in that you're not expected to be able to fit everything together, that you may lose track of some members of the large cast, that it's like attending a family reunion when it's not your family and your hosts are too drunk to introduce you around.

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