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La Ciénaga (2001)
"La ciénaga" (original title)

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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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Storyline

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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12 April 2001 (Argentina)  »

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La Ciénaga  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$103,215 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Quotes

Mecha: ¡Qué porquería me resultaste, Gregorio!
Mecha: ¡Chinita carnavalera!
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100 Years of Swamp
7 July 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

This film is such an incredible gift, it seems obscene to even write a review of it. Some things should be listened to and experienced and not talked about, and this is one of them.

Along those lines, of witnessing the sacred, I found that this film is the closest thing you're ever going to get to a film adaptation of "One Hundred Years of Solitude." If you love that book as much as I do, you will be very grateful for this film. It is the ultimate, and I mean, the ultimate summer movie.

Speaking specifically, the dialog is just awesome (and I don't even speak Spanish -- it translates) and the sound design and set design deserve special praise, because directors that understand how important these are... well, that's the mark of a master. Unfortunately, this director's two follow-up films were a disappointment. Too much Pedro Almodovar money and meddling, I guess.

Thank you Lucrecia Martel! I will enjoy second and third and sixth viewings of this one.


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