an attraction develops upon the ability for her to absorb his fixated anguishes. doesn't it feel amazing to be wanted and how that slowly spirals to her own desire for release. what i enjoyed most about this film was to feel close to her, the fullness of her day to day life, her body, and her loneliness becoming my very own
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?"
I wasn't this disturbed by a film in a long time... An intense, very realistic and disturbing story of loneliness, by the way of sex. Great directing and undoubtedly very courageous and unforgettable performances, mostly from the lead actress! Wow! Winner of the Camera d'Or in Cannes in 2011.
Like most films it will be better shorter. Despite its slow and arduous beginning, it really does pick up in the second half revealing a twisted sense of loneliness and depression. Still, it is too small and contained to matter more than the small apartment it occupies.
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.