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A Common Crime (2020)

Un crimen común (original title)
Cecilia is a Sociology teacher. One night the son of her maid desperately knocks on the door of her house. She doesn't open. The next day, Kevin's body shows up murdered by the police. Cecilia begins to be haunted by the young man's ghost.


Francisco Márquez
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Credited cast:
Elisa Carricajo Elisa Carricajo ... Cecilia
Mecha Martinez Mecha Martinez ... Nebe
Eliot Otazo Eliot Otazo ... Kevin
Ciro Coien Pardo Ciro Coien Pardo ... Juan
Cecilia Rainero Cecilia Rainero ... Claudia


Cecilia is an academic teacher who lives alone with her son Juan, somewhere in Buenos Aires. One stormy night she wakes up scared by the knocks she hears at the door. She sees that it is Kevin, son of Nebe, the woman who helps her around the house. Cecilia, terrified, does not open, and hides in the dark, while she listens outside to the sirens of patrol vehicles. The next day, she learns from the news that the neighborhood where Nebe and Kevin live has mobilized to search for the young man. Neighbors accuse the Gendarmerie of being responsible for his disappearance, until he finally appears drowned in a river. The guilt that Cecilia feels and her inability to confess that the young man was knocking on the door of her house that night becomes too much for her. Kevin's "ghost" starts haunting her and following her all around. Written by exe_malaga93

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Drama | Thriller


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Good political conscience and reality
21 December 2020 | by danyburSee all my reviews

Cecilia (Elisa Carricajo), is a middle-class, divorced university professor of social sciences, who lives with a small school-age son in a suburban home. On a stormy night, an incident that occurs at the door of her house (see semispoiler below, which is even in the newsletter) and the decision she makes about it has tragic consequences and alters her orderly life.

Based on the incident and its aftermath, the film delves into the thriller genre and even psychological horror. Cecilia's house (something like her conscience), assaulted by her guilt, becomes for her an insecure and threatening place. The incident marks, on the one hand, the irruption of the real, of the concrete, in its progressive theoretical and political universe (with a patent question of class) and calls it into question. On the other hand, guilt and fear allow the irrational to enter its until then secure rational fortress. In that sense, it is remarkable how, for the most part, her faculty will continue to be a kind of comfort zone for her. It is also interesting to see how he prepares his classes, with the comparison between his bibliographic sources and the development of one of them, perhaps a sample of his lack of appropriation of the theory and a warning of what is to come, in a subtle finding of the movie.

But Francisco Márquez's film (very well treated by critics), filmed in an almost square screen format, for me is not quite right with the painting of that process of mental and intellectual collapse, since it suffers from a late payment that attentive against the climates that it intends to build and falls into a kind of repetitive loop of episodes, which, although they mark an impotence of the character, do not accumulate tension, ending up generating a certain boredom and impatience for the outcome at the expense of interest in the development of the plot .

Elisa Carricajo is very good in her lonely character (with an absolute protagonism and precisely with many scenes alone) but at some point she contributes to the feeling of bog down that the film produces.

In short, a reflection on the path of the psychological thriller on the guilty tension that is generated in a certain intellectual and political progress (represented by a university professor) between theory and practice and commitment when the real tragically erupts.

On display at the 35th Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

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8 April 2021 (Argentina) See more »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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