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Leap Year (2010)

Año bisiesto (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 24 June 2011 (USA)
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Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover.


Michael Rowe


Lucía Carreras (as Lucia Carreras), Michael Rowe
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Mónica Del Carmen ... Laura
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Arturo
Armando Hernández Armando Hernández ... Hombre 3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diego Chas Diego Chas ... Hombre 1
Dagoberto Gama ... Papá
Ernesto González Ernesto González ... Viejito
Bertha Mendiola Bertha Mendiola ... Viejita
José Juan Meraz José Juan Meraz ... Novio Vecina
Nur Rubio Nur Rubio ... Cajera
Jaime Sierra Jaime Sierra ... Hombre 2
Ireri Solís Ireri Solís ... Vecina
Marco Zapata Marco Zapata ... Raúl


A psychodrama, shot almost entirely in a seedy one-room apartment, which details the grinding routine of Laura (Mónica del Carmen), a 25-year-old freelance journalist, who lives a very isolated life in her small apartment rarely venturing out besides getting men home from nightclubs and never going beyond one night in bed. Until she meets the quiet, inscrutable Arturo (Gustavo Sánchez Parra) and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. The story focuses on the fascinating evolution of their relationship. As days go by, she crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. It takes place in February on a leap year. Written by lament

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Just to get through the blandness of life.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An bisect See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Leap Year (2017) See more »


Flores Para Ti
Performed by Afrodita
Music by Immanuel Miralda
Lyrics by Karin Burnett (as Karin Burnet) & Immanuel Miralda 2009
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Uncomfortable masterpiece
4 August 2013 | by macrolSee all my reviews

Leap year is the story of the encounter or rather the break up of Laura and Arturo. Apparently this is a simple story but it contains a lot of details worth taking a second look at. The Australian director and screenwriter who lives in Mexico submerges us in a visual world that is plain and charmless for Mexican standards and someone might be tempted to judge the film by its visual austerity. But this perspective allows Michael Rowe to explore the solitude of Laura, her detachment from others and to slowly introduce us into her adventures with man, what she searches in them or better said who she would like to encounter in them. After seeing the film a close friend told me it was anti Hollywood. Definitely it does not embody a mass market aesthetic. The dark skinned actors and the unappetizing looks of the apartment where the action takes place are ideal to center the attention of the spectator on what is happening to the main character. Scenes like Laura taking off her bra underneath her shirt, picking her nose while working on her computer submerge us into an uncomfortable bodily intimacy. And there are also the very explicit sex scenes with exquisite violence full of details I don't even feel free to mention here that are not exciting in the usual sense but awaken a deep curiosity for the character. This movie was not shown in the Mexican commercial circuit. What does it mean when society that not willing to see herself in the mirror. When Michelangelo Antonioni answered critics of his movie The adventure (1960) he used these words "Eros is sick, man is uncomfortable and this makes him react but he does so in the wrong way, he explores eroticism and he is unhappy".

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