Leap Year
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Laura is 25 years old. She's a journalist, she's single and lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a series of short-lived affairs, Laura meets Arturo. After the first time they make love, she is left deeply unsettled. They embark on an intense and passionate sexual relationship, in which pleasure, pain and love merge. As days go by which Laura conscientiously crosses out in a calendar, her secret past resurfaces, pushing Arturo to the limit. -- (C) Strand

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nothing about Leap Year plays out exactly like you expect, and Rowe prefers to send you home with enigmatic questions instead of clear-cut answers."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"To Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"With nothing to offset the persistent minimalism, we're left with a film that does too much of what it's doing and not enough of anything else."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"It's not because of the amount of sex and nudity that the word "daring" comes to mind in describing Mónica del Carmen's performance, a combination of subtle vulnerability and abandonment."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"From Mexico, this bold and yet subtle film is so bracingly realistic that at times we begin worrying about the central actress."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
""Leap Year" might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"... A satisfying psychosexual drama, even-handed in its criticism of both bucolic and metropolitan society."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"quiet, heartbreaking"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"A tough but humane and affecting watch."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
"It's a gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Shocks only with its candor and complete lack of dramatic manipulation."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Del Carmen's sort of the shadow version of Anna Magnani. Emotionally frail, slumbering, and nearly inarticulate, yet hungry, seething, and Earth-Motherish. A powerful performance in one of the most explicit and shocking films of the past several years."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Something wicked this way comes in Michael Rowe's Leap Year, a character study of outstanding subtlety and fierce aesthetic exactitude."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It's an intense, powerful and at times deeply painful movie, a serious exercise in sexual politics, and Mónica del Carmen as Laura gives an outstanding, brave performance."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
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