La Ciénega

Argentinian writer/director Lucrecia Martel’s feature debut is not exactly a feel-good story. It’s a tense, transgressive tale of middle-class decay in a sultry South American setting, and the only thing Martel captures as acutely as the steamy backdrop is the moral dissipation of the families at her narrative’s core. Anchored by a riveting performance from Graciela Borges, La Ciénega‘s social commentary is as incisive as Martel’s camera is penetrating, painting a picture of a human swamp that can never be drained.

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