This lady is a master. One of the best Directing runs of the first decade of the 2000's and this debut ranks with some of the best ever. A gripping look at the contentious, racist classism of the Argentinian ruling body as they slowly decay. Brilliant in every way
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.
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
Marel's debut was a wry Buneulist trip into rural Argentina examining two related families in a claustrophobic and revealing way. A calling card for the director that put her on the international map. One feels the slow passing of time; the heat; the boredom and the strange feeling of family secrets and inapproriate relationships. In the background the question of faith, family and class structure.