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La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 2001 (Argentina)
The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director:

Lucrecia Martel

Writer:

Lucrecia Martel
16 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Mercedes Morán ... Tali
Graciela Borges ... Mecha
Martín Adjemián ... Gregorio
Leonora Balcarce Leonora Balcarce ... Verónica
Silvia Baylé Silvia Baylé ... Mercedes
Sofia Bertolotto ... Momi
Juan Cruz Bordeu Juan Cruz Bordeu ... José
Noelia Bravo Herrera Noelia Bravo Herrera ... Agustina
Maria Micol Ellero Maria Micol Ellero ... Mariana
Andrea López Andrea López ... Isabel
Sebastián Montagna Sebastián Montagna ... Luciano
Daniel Valenzuela Daniel Valenzuela ... Rafael
Franco Veneranda Franco Veneranda ... Martín
Fabio Villafane Fabio Villafane ... Perro
Diego Baenas 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #743. See more »

Quotes

Mecha: ¡Qué porquería me resultaste, Gregorio!
Mecha: ¡Chinita carnavalera!
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Connections

Referenced in La última película (2013) See more »

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Not especially enjoyable, but undeniably affecting.
26 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee 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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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 2001 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Salta, Argentina

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,811
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1.85 : 1
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