De 12-jarige Juana gaat naar een Britse school in Buenos Aires, hier faalt ze zowel sociaal als academisch. Omringd door dezelfde routine, naar de klas gaan en proberen haar sociale leven weer bijeen te rapen, maakt Juana de vreemde dagen mee de week voor de tentamens die haar toekomst gaan bepalen.
Een uitdagende onsentimentele vertolking van het bekende coming-of-age-scenario, Martín Shanly zijn debuutfilm werpt licht op de vele complicaties die komen met adolescentie. Net als de rest van de Argentijnse New Wave is dit gemaakt met een geheel unieke extase voor de bioscoop.
A miserable, enigmatic 12-year-old girl struggles at school and with relationships. Her mother doesn't listen to her, her father is absent, and she is tested for mental health problems. It's an absorbing look into the mind of a troubled adolescent, shot in a naturalistic way, with a great, subtle performance from the young lead. But don't expect any answers.
Ea nu poate să studieze și facă un prieten. Profesori o subestimează și mama ei se gândește că ea e bolnavă mintal. Dar e prea timidă să ia măsuri de bună voie și doar timp este pierdut degeaba. "Juana a los 12" descrie neființa și neputință care sunt prea brutale pentru o fată de 11 ani. Foarte sfîșietor.// 勉強もできず友だちは作れず、教師からは見くびられ、母親からは心の病気を心配される。それでも自分から何かするには臆病すぎて、時間だけが無意味に失われる。今作は11歳の少女が抱くには残酷すぎる虚無と無力感を描く。頗る悲痛。
A touch of Bunuel (the oneiric scene in particular), hints of Haneke (allusions about cruelty and deception abound), a pervasive and inexplicable sense of dread. This portrait of a disaffected (?), depressed (?), introvert (?), manipulative (?) bored (?) young privileged girl lingers in your mind.
Pretty cool how it's shot so naturalistically. I also enjoyed the performance by the lead actress - she's able to say a lot with a very restrained performance. Overall, though, it's not an exceptionally entertaining film.
In the end Juana learns to manipulate the adults who seem to either ignore her or push her around. Whether there is actual mental illness involved - this is left intentionally vague I feel, and the film works better for it. What will she be when she grows up? Perhaps a well-adjusted bureaucrat; perhaps a serial killer. Impossible to tell though the movie does end on an ominous note.
The Making of a Sociopath. Light in tone, it kind of drifts along at a gentle pace. Problems pile up for troubled 12-year-old Juana who seems utterly disaffected. Completely narcissistic, Juana spirals into herself despite of (and perhaps because of) the world around her. She seems entirely oblivious to anything outside of her immediate purvey. When we do get one brief look into her psyche, it's frightening as hell.
It is a film that has a feel of realistic and very organic . It is about a troubled girl that has been affected in home with the absence of a father figure , and how this has made her have trouble socially and in class. They try to make her seem as she has a mental problem which she doesnt she is just having a hard time. I really enjoyed this film it is true and I mentioned before very realstic.