Saturday, November 6, 2010

La Rabia - Albertina Carri (2008 Argentina)

''Life in the Argentine pampas is nasty, brutish and short, judging by the intense, compelling drama ''La Rabia.'' Impressive if challenging-to-watch work by helmer Albertina Carri (''Los rubios,'' ''Geminis'') observes adultery, violence and animal slaughter largely through the eyes of two disturbed children, while use of jagged animation and luminous landscape shots transmutes the base material into something more sublime. ''La Rabia'' is certain to sweep through fests, but could have trouble finding distribution in some territories due to unfaked deaths of various animals which, per opening credits, ''lived and died as they naturally would.'' - variety

This is a raw, brutal, honest and artistic film that has no qualms exploring some pretty dark subject matter and unspoken territory with regard to relations in tight and isolated communities. That the film comes from a female producer and director team makes it all the more intriguing. It also uses sections of watercolour animation to contrast the often violent imagery and matter of fact rumoured 'real sex'. Carri, whose previous work deals with incest is clearly not shy of some confronting subject matter.


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