Laura is a single, 25-year-old journalist who lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a long series of flings, Laura meets Arturo. The first time they make love, Arturo touches her in ways that overwhelm her. Thus begins an intense, passionate and sexual romance, which mixes pleasure, pain and love. In the course of days, which she carefully crosses out on her calendar, Laura’s secret past resurfaces, driving Arturo to extremes. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Michael Rowe, Australian director living in Mexico. He studied English and post colonial literature at La Trobe University, he is the author of three stage scripts: “Impudence and Innocence”, “Reprise For Godot” and “Sexual Harassment.” He is the winner of the Melbourne Fringe Festival Poetry Prize. In 2005 he won the Mexican Film Institute’s Stimulus program for writers, with his script «Naturalezas Muertas». «Año Bisiesto», a powerful sex drama about a captivating, crude and painful love story, is his debut as a feature film director. —PRESS RELEASE
"El Ultimo Tango Tepito" . El director Michael Rowe nos cuenta un drama erótico apoyado de un lenguaje cinematográfico minimista en el que cada toma es una nueva escena. De lo mejor del cine mexicano en los últimos años.
A quiet and minimalist analysis concerning the attempting of acceptance/be loved of an ordinary woman exteriorized through sadomasochistic sexual acts. Nothing is answered directly- everything is suggested through the compact narrative plus long takes. Mónica del Carmen´s performance is total commitment to the role. A cohesive and striking ending in its simplicity.
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