La Ciénaga (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 April 2001 (Argentina)
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The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.



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Leonora Balcarce ...
Silvia Baylé ...
Sofia Bertolotto ...
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Maria Micol Ellero ...
Andrea López ...
Sebastián Montagna ...
Daniel Valenzuela ...
Franco Veneranda ...
Fabio Villafane ...
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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 <>

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12 April 2001 (Argentina)  »

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


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

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Mecha: ¡Qué porquería me resultaste, Gregorio!
Mecha: ¡Chinita carnavalera!
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Red wine on ice
28 January 2002 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The adult characters in "La Ciénaga" trudge through a hot and sticky summer and sedate themselves with red wine on ice. It's hot and everyone is miserable. No one is having sex, few are eating much, everyone is bickering, and the servants bear the brunt of their mistress's frustrations. If you want plot and adventure or a love story with a happy ending this film isn't for you....but if you want to see REAL characters coping (or not coping) with life you will never forget "La Ciénaga". Like in Canadian literature, the landscape is presented as a character in the film. Something to be endured. It's a film that looks at man's attempt to 'control' their environment and whether it makes any difference at all. One cousin lays in bed in a drunken stupor and lets things just 'happen' the other cousin nervously attempts to keep her home neat, gardening, ensuring she's a 'good' mother, but she stops for a few seconds to listen to music one day....with disastrous consequences.

I hope you get a chance to see it.

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