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La Ciénaga

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Monday August 15
Monday August 15
4:50pm
Director: Lucrecia Martel
2001 / 101min / DCP

One of the most auspicious, astonishing feature debuts of the 21st century, Martel’s La Ciénaga (“The Swamp,” in English) looks under the placid surface of the life of a declining bourgeoisie family presided over by matriarch Graciela Borges during their vacation at a decaying country villa, dredging up all the rank and rotten resentment that lays just out of sight. Endless afternoons spent by the stagnant pool are invested with a sense of looming menace, stifled desire, and rankling interclass resentment through Martel’s cockeyed camera and disquieting use of offscreen sound, turning a lazy getaway into something almost relentlessly harrowing.

Presented in DCP.

Part of Pool Party

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