I was blown away by the unimpeachable excellence of Martel's subsequent two features, but it took seeing her debut feature to make me realize that she is one of the finest artists working today in any medium. I was absolutely floored. I can honestly not think of a greater debut in cinema ever. And it does exactly what any great debut does: it faultlessly discovers a way.
cuando el proceso de descomposición acelerado por un calor pegajoso, de delirio tropical, es mirado a través de una cámara glacial, surgen películas como ésta. la forma de la ciénaga es algo así como los hielos sobre los que se sirve vino o lo que se prefiera, pero mortal. las emociones vienen amortiguadas. se le mira a la bestia dentro del laberinto pero sólo se ven los damnificados
Martel’s masterpiece. It contains what is perhaps the most sensitive placement of people inside the frame. Dialogue is secondary; nowhere is the friction between characters expressed better than on their faces and movements to and away from each other. Cassavetes and Dreyer would have been proud.
Lucrecia Martel's striking debut is a masterclass in filmmaking: a brilliant film full of well accomplished ideas. A subtle, keen & disturbing dissection of family decay that manages to create a menacing atmosphere of danger throughout. A contemporary masterpiece of Latin American cinema.