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A Decent Woman (2016)

Los decentes (original title)
A housemaid, working in an exclusive gated community in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, embarks on a journey of sexual and mental liberation in a nudist swinger-club boarding the high security walls.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Iride Mockert Iride Mockert ... Belen / Maid
Andrea Strenitz Andrea Strenitz ... Diana / Landlady
Martín Shanly Martín Shanly ... Juan(Juanchi) / Diana'a son
Mariano Sayavedra Mariano Sayavedra ... Garita / Security guard
Pablo Seijo Pablo Seijo ... Cesar / Arquitecto-Architect
Ivanna Colona Olsen Ivanna Colona Olsen ... Paola / Singing Woman
Agustín Oberto Agustín Oberto ... Prof. Cocina
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Belén (Iride Mockert) is a poor young woman who gets a job on the outskirts of Buenos Aires as a maid, a cleaner and a cook of a rich family. She, wide-eyed and placid domestic, obediently tends to Diana, an overbearing socialite, and her sporty, temperamental adult son Juan, and sparks a romance with a kind security guard Garita. Their villa is part of a gated community and protected by high walls as a borderline between rich and poor. Behind the walls is a jungle-like area. On a walk she discovers a nudist and swinger camp located inside. Her secret visits as a voyeur pile up and eventually she is accepted by the nudist community as a full member. When the McMansion dwellers conspire to shut down their colony, violence erupts. Written by lament

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Decent See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,441
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Nabis Filmgroup See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Culture Clash and Double Life
7 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Belen begins a job as a housemaid in a wealthy, gated community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. She keeps her head down, works hard and gets to know area residents who are in various states of arrested development due to their isolation and arrogance. One fine day, through the brush, Belen catches a glimpse of an adjacent nudist colony. Her curiosity soon leads her to the club. As Belen discovers her passionate side, she starts to smile and enjoy life for once. She begins to lead a double life, slipping away from the security obsessed and intolerant community to enjoy workshops, skin on skin contact and freedom. As the two cultures clash, Belen is forced to choose between them. There are profound consequences because of this, for her as well as the spheres she inhabits.

This Spanish language satire is based on a real club and controversy in Buenos Aires, yet it is exaggerated here and taken to a vastly different conclusion. I quite enjoyed watching Belen lose her inhibitions and gain happiness in her life. Order for the sake of order, and the separation it entails, is no way to live. The film reveals this conceit. A few characters could be better developed, the acting of some of the supporting cast leaves something to be desired, and the conclusion is far-fetched (maybe I took it too seriously), yet overall it is enjoyable, refreshing and, of course, delightfully unadorned. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


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