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.
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Starts at a nonchalant pace before cascading deeper and deeper into the incredibly raw, suffocating world of a person alone, starving for the briefest kiss or touch. The way this is filmed, so claustrophobic (the camera hardly ever facing Laura head on, staring at her from behind or around corners), and the actual situations are ridiculously, fatally relatable in their battle between misery, habits and bitter lust.
Towards the end I was watching through my fingers, but boy was I hooked. Monica del Carmen is just superb, doing so much work here, presenting a really fascinating, complex character, and going the full nine yards to bring it to us. Astonishing.
Left with the same conflicted feeling as after watching Reygadas' 'Japon' - so much to admire, the photography, the performances, the ambition, the aesthetic surety - but unable to separate the film from the wider context in which it was made & by whom. Wikipedia states 'Michael Rowe studied English post-colonial literature' - the film asks a prostrate Mexican woman being pissed on "What's it like to be pissed on?"
The claustrophobic confinement to Laura's small apartment, the oppressive monotony of her loneliness, and the transparent fragility of her lies culminate in destructive, disturbing behavior. Yet for all that's exposed about Laura, she remains inscrutable until the last scenes. Monica del Carmen gives a fearless performance of utter vulnerability and candor.
Not for everyone,as the sex scenes could be hard to watch,some people may even stop watching after a few minutes.Or maybe not,as you will be curious about the main character.
Ultimately,it is a story of coping with depression and loneliness.
I really like how Michael Rowe describes the solitude of the megalopolises by following 29 days of the life of Laura in her room. The second main theme, the couple death and sex, is a more classic theme perfectly used here. Two Mexican Ariel awards (Best Actress and Best First Work). Recommended.
The desolation of loneliness and the desperation of lust are captured very well here. It seemed like the film was building toward a much darker ending than the one it has, so I'm both a little relieved and a little disappointed by that.