Graciela Borges, Mercedes Morán, Martin Adjemián, Daniel Valenzuela
Original Spanish version with English and Italian subtitles
Lucrecia Martel wrote and directed the 2001 domestic drama about a pair of middle class Argentinean families in crisis that brings to mind the subtle command of Ingmar Bergman – in which the self-absorption of adults slowly and insidiously brings about the ruin of all around them. An unattended, fetid swimming pool works as image and metaphor. “It’s a big, yet subtle examination of the Latin upper middle class. She creates tension through observation. Observation, not description. Everything through the point of view of a girl who offers to us the beauty of a decadent, dysfunctional family. The control of the tempo and breathing through the eye is a sublime achievement”.