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La tutora (2016)

Mona picks up her first job tutoring two orphaned children living in a derelict house in the country. Her obsession with trying to educate these two nearly feral children blind her to the fact they have other plans for her.

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Iván Noel
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Romina Pinto Romina Pinto ... Mona
Cristina Maresca Cristina Maresca ... Clara
Valentino Vinco Valentino Vinco ... Ángel
Malena Alonso Malena Alonso ... Ema
Julio Mendez Julio Mendez ... The uncle
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Mona picks up her first job tutoring two orphaned children living in a derelict house in the country. Her obsession with trying to educate these two nearly feral children blind her to the fact they have other plans for her.

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She came to educate them. She was wrong.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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This 'remake' offers different approach to the famous Henry James novel 'Turn of the Screw'. It is understood that the novel was in part autobiographical, based on his childhood as a gay boy, surrounded only by females at home, and having undergone some kind of sexual repression from her governess (in those days they were spinsters, spending all their days and nights with their young protégés). This film attempts to 'take out' the 'hidden' themes (cloaked in beautiful Victorian symbolism), and throw them hard out. See more »

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A Primal Scream
28 November 2018 | by TrTm316See all my reviews

Homophobia, mental illness, sexual precociousness, vigilantism, child sex abuse, betrayal, paranormal phenomena, and revenge: all of this swirls together in Ivan Noel's philosophical horror film The Tutor. The end result, disturbing to most of us on multiple levels, is both highly entertaining and thought-provoking.

Mona is hired, she thinks, to educate Angel and Ema, 11-year-old orphaned brother and sister whom she soon discovers live well beyond "free range." Whether some events are real or paranormal or hallucinatory is unclear at times. And that, it turns out, is as intended. What is actually going on is indicated by several hints quite early, but as sometimes happens, the most definitive clue was too subtly presented (for me) and I only learned about it in the "Making Of" special feature on the Alive DVD. But in the end, it all makes sense.

How intense is this film? After watching it, and especially the ending, I was glad to have the "Making Of" available, to remind myself that the actors are not the characters. Running with that idea also allows me to tell myself that rather than a proffered path forward, The Tutor instead represents Ivan Noel's primal scream of pain, dedicated to all victims of moral extremism.

Where "extremism" begins is a debate that will long endure. Meanwhile, here is an interesting movie, well worth watching.


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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

La Pampa, Cordoba, Argentina

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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