The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Mercedes Morán ...
Tali
Graciela Borges ...
Mecha
Martín Adjemián ...
Gregorio
Leonora Balcarce ...
Verónica
Silvia Baylé ...
Mercedes
Sofia Bertolotto ...
Momi
Juan Cruz Bordeu ...
José
Noelia Bravo Herrera ...
Agustina
Maria Micol Ellero ...
Mariana
Andrea López ...
Isabel
Sebastián Montagna ...
Luciano
Daniel Valenzuela ...
Rafael
Franco Veneranda ...
Martín
Fabio Villafane ...
Perro
Diego Baenas ...
Joaquín
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Chekhov in contemporary Argentina. Mecha and Gregorio are at their rundown country place near La Ciénaga with their teen children. It's hot. The adults drink constantly; Mecha cuts herself, engendering a trip to the hospital and a visit from her son José. A cousin, Tali, brings her children. The kids are on their own, sunbathing by the filthy pool, dancing in town, running in the hills with shotguns, driving cars without licenses. One of the teen girls loves Isabel, a family servant constantly accused of stealing. Mother and son, son and sisters, teen and Isabel are in each other's beds and bathrooms with a creepy intimacy. With no adults paying attention, who's at risk? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$9,520 (USA) (5 October 2001)

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$103,215 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Mecha: ¡Qué porquería me resultaste, Gregorio!
Mecha: ¡Chinita carnavalera!
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Not especially enjoyable, but undeniably affecting.
26 December 2010 | by (www.subtitledonline.com) – See all my reviews

excerpt, more at my location - La Cienaga, or The Swamp, is the debut film from Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. Originally released in 2001, the film announced the arrival of a unique new voice within international cinema. Finally granted a DVD release in the UK, it shows that the director of The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman had emerged with her distinctive and uncompromising vision of cinema already fully formed.

Beneath the surface banality of La Cienaga lies a resonant and troubling picture, the work of a filmmaker with a considered and singular artistic vision. Even if Martel's particular vision is likely to repel as many as it attracts, her film possesses a lingering, haunting power. Not especially enjoyable, but undeniably affecting.


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