Bourgeois malaise and the breakdown of class relations are depicted via queasy cameras and extreme close-ups, but there's also an interesting gender angle here (one that runs through Martel's other works too). What's not shown is as important as what is. Editing is tremendous.
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.