El Leyton
El Leyton (2003)

Gonzalo Justiniano's El Leyton (Hasta que la Muerte Nos Separe (El Leyton: Until Death Do Us Part) is about a man facing up to an angry village. El Leyton (Juan Pablo Saez) returns to his hometown and is nearly killed by an angry mob.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Director Gonzalo Justiniano beautifully captures the fishing village but never quite captures the story.

David Ng
Village Voice

A barely elevated telenovela.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

The story unfolds like a particularly juicy bit of small-town gossip, one that's told by a particularly vivid storyteller.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

El Leyton never rises above the level of a soap opera, although the steamy sex and Lo's abundant nudity might make it worthwhile for some viewers.

Kent Turner

Not only in its plot, but also in its male rivalry does El Leyton seem like Harold Pinter's Betrayal set by the sea.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Too bad the acting is uneven. And the ineptly done English subtitles will have you laughing in all the wrong places.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Does a fine job of building up a sense of dread as its adulterous relationship gathers steam. So it's all the more disappointing when the movie ultimately collapses.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Even with all the flaws in the characters (and the filmmaking), we become intrigued.

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Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

A sloppy but stylistically incendiary handling of mystery, thriller, suspense, doldrums-of-domestic-romance and labour fraternity tropes.

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