Directed by: Michael Rowe Starring: Mónica del Carmen and Gustavo Sánchez Parra
My rating: ★★★★☆
There really is no middle ground for this movie; you either love it or you hate it. I happen to fall on the “love it” side. There are quite a few graphic and violent sex scenes (which I must warn you may make you feel extremely uncomfortable at times), but this movie isn’t about sex. This movie examines how main character Laura copes in a life plagued with depression and isolation. Very little of what she says in dialogue is honest. She lies to everyone about everything, but I felt as though I grew to know so much about her by the end of the film. Oh yeah, I should also mention that the entire movie is in spanish with subtitles.
I wish I could describe this movie…if Alejandro Jodorowsky and Douglas Sirk collaborated on making a low budget film noir this is what would come out. It’s pretty incredible…a young girl comes home from dance class to find that her mom has run off with her dad’s business partner, then her dad shoots himself in the head in front of her. She then embarks on a life of prostitution, crime and drugs…the amount of plot twists this has is unbelievable…not to mention the musical numbers (of which there are quite a few)…highly recommended.