Directed by Ariel Rotter
In this poignant period drama set in 1960s Argentina, a young woman, struggling to raise her twin daughters alone after the tragic death of her husband, accepts the courtship of a charming but mysterious older suitor.
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★★★★½ review by Matt Johnson on Letterboxd
Luisa experiences a range of emotions in dancing with Ernesto. She wants to give in and also run away. She wants to cry and also cherish her joy. Is it convenience or love? A single mother to twin girls, Luisa struggles to rebuild her life after the loss of her husband and brother in a car crash. Ernesto is everything she needs and yet he is also smothering. Luisa starts to talk about the crash and he only unzips her dress. Ernesto is a man who knows what he wants; to possess.
“There are things too painful to talk about,” said the director at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival screening “to survive you can’t look back.”
This luminous,1960s centered, black and white film is, according to the director, “six and 44 years in the making.” Rotter is referring to how long it took to make the film and also how many years he has lived and thought about this family tragedy. The collective memory of the tragedy was like mist and no one wanted to discuss it. Family portraits he found “appeared like ghosts.” Rotter wanted to help uncover how his family was built.
Like the stars at night and Luisa’s dance with Ernesto, the film is radiant, yet also distant, silent and multi-faceted. The audience fills in the gaps.
★★★★ review by cristina on Letterboxd
I love this movie
★★★★ review by Neves2018 on Letterboxd
Um filme tocante. Uma história simples mas linda.
★★★★ review by natalia. 💐🍓 on Letterboxd
qué alivio poder ver una película en español con SUBTÍTULOS !!! en español con actores latinos y filmada en un país latino... una maravilla
★★★½ review by André Domínguez on Letterboxd
Filme #28 - 39ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
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