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258 Ratings

La león

Directed by Santiago Otheguy
Argentina, France, 2007
Drama, LGBT+


El Turu is captain of a ferry that links isolated communities of reed cutters. One of the workers, Álvaro, is a quiet gay man whose sexuality and love of books makes him an outsider. The brutish captain is set on harassing Álvaro, but El Turu’s scorn masks an inner turmoil.

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La león Directed by Santiago Otheguy

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2007 | 2 special mentions including: Teddy

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2007 | 2 special mentions including: Local Film

Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards

2009 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography

What are people saying?

  • FISCHER's rating of the film La león

    D'une extraordinaire plasticité visuelle, arborant un époustouflant noir et blanc originel, une oeuvre intemporelle, austère jusqu'à l'épuisement, figée dans sa mortelle lassitude environnementale, qui véhicule en profondeur, sans aucune frilosité, quelques inéluctables et classiques schèmes (dé)structurant toute relation humaine, comme le désir et la peur, la violence, la vengeance et la haine...

  • Alex Flores's rating of the film La león

    Why black and white? Because it works. It really does and no, it doesn't come across as pretentious it comes across as minimalist and beautiful yet compelling. The narrative although simple, manages to take us into a journey. Beautiful film not to be missed especially because it's black and white. I can't imagine it in colour now.

  • francisca bacon's rating of the film La león

    3,4 Boring? Not if you ever had a secret you let gambol in dusty corners or in thistly fields like a brisk squirrel on liberal leash breathing some freedom before being corralled by silence: impart it with the speechless, so they don't pass it on. Or if you once heard retribution crouched in a few-worded, felt-soft and leaden voice. Or felt desire fluxing and well up in choral efflorescence (choir of calls and chorus

  • Henk Lamers's rating of the film La león

    Final score: 10. Storyline: 9, Originality: 10, Cinematography: 10, Involvement: 9, Sound: 9, Editing: 10, Educational: 10, Title design: 8, Acting: 10, Interesting: 10, Unusual: 10, Exciting: 9, Superior: 10

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film La león

    Quiet. Meditative. BEAUTIFULLY SHOT. And a story that is unique to its location and characters. The interpersonal relationships developed here are very rich and quite deep. It's very low-key storytelling, but highly nuanced. Fortunately, the black and white filming is truly beautiful, because there are long stretches of "not much going on." But the movie is quite worth the viewing.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film La león

    Visually, this is a subtle and dreamy poetry, it looks stunning in b&w. A place filled with fog, calm waters, stark and so lonely - and somehow it still carries an amazing sense of tension - silence has rarely meant so much, both in the environment and the dialogues. A film about relationship, desire, fear, revenge, hatred - it's a complex film, but also seems to lack a clear direction, a beautifully lyrical fantasy.

  • Eric Adkins's rating of the film La león

    It was like watching a Joseph Conrad seaman tale about life, death and the unjust... Absolutely beautiful cinematography that is right out of the woodcuts of it's printed illustrations. Personal isolation and mere existence is from the Socio-Realism movement... Here you can read the minds of misread beings where life is hard, wet and pent-up. Loss is profound, alienation is severe and bigotry is for bullies... Staid.

  • Kevin Matthews's rating of the film La león

    A handsome film that feels like it has something important to say, and a few scenes certainly back that up, La Leon ultimately falters in the delivery, ending up as something that fails to resonate as it should. Great cinematography and decent performances help though.

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