La Cienaga
La Cienaga (2001)

Two families try to make the best of a bad situation as they suffer through a crippling heat wave in this neo-realistic drama, featuring a primarily non-professional cast. Tali (Mercedes Moran) is minding four small children with little… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 3, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader

Every shot is dense with life, with children and animals running in and out, yet the movie is highly focused, a small masterpiece.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A strikingly well-directed, relentlessly dreary debut feature from Argentine director Lucrecia Martel.

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Josh Larsen

...the air is equally thick with boredom and dread.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Experiencing this film ultimately becomes as stimulating as watching metal rust.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Look closely and you'll find something not often present in your average art-house flick -- a hint, intense and unsettling, of art itself.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Martel doesn't try to connect the dots with typical continuity editing either, opting instead to focus on textures and fleeting movements

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

There's a real energy in the way that La Cienaga takes nothing for granted -- except your attention and your intelligence.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Martel glues together a disjointed picture of a society where tension lies only skin deep.

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Jake Euker

the most remarkable debut in recent experience

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
There is something fascinating in the way this brilliant film is constructed, directed and edited, as Martel draws a dreary, uncomfortably humid (and even… More
Emily B.
A very promising debut from Lucrecia Martel. No real plot but that doesn't matter when it's such a great study a family life. Beautifully shot also.
Stella Dallas
this film is one of those discomfort making works like mike leigh's naked or solondz' happiness. the study of a bourgeois family on vacation, mostly… More
Elvira B
La Cienaga is the story of two bourgeoise families on a summer vacation in their country house in Argentina. Alone, isolated from urban life, unavoidably close… More