Tag Archives: Elisa Carricajo

Mariano Llinás – La Flor (2018)

A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing. The director himself shows up at the start to preview the six episodes that await, each starring the same four remarkable actresses: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. Overflowing with nested subplots and whiplash digressions, La Flor shape-shifts from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction—all of them without endings—to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece that lacks a beginning (granted, all notions of beginnings and endings become fuzzy after 14 hours). An adventure in scale and duration, La Flor is a wildly entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction that lands somewhere close to its outer limits. Read More »

Francisco Márquez – Un crimen común (2020)

Cecilia is an academic teacher who lives alone with her son Juan, somewhere in Buenos Aires. One stormy night she wakes up scared by the knocks she hears at the door. She sees that it is Kevin, son of Nebe, the woman who helps her around the house. Cecilia, terrified, does not open, and hides in the dark, while she listens outside to the sirens of patrol vehicles. The next day, she learns from the news that the neighborhood where Nebe and Kevin live has mobilized to search for the young man. Neighbors accuse the Gendarmerie of being responsible for his disappearance, until he finally appears drowned in a river. The guilt that Cecilia feels and her inability to confess that the young man was knocking on the door of her house that night becomes too much for her. Kevin’s “ghost” starts haunting her and following her all around. Read More »

Mariano Llinás – La flor (2018)

First part of the three that make up “La flor”. It consists of a prologue (the presentation of the film by the director) and two episodes. In the first, a mummy releases a curse in an excavation in a province in the interior of Argentina. In the second, a couple of pop singers meet to play after many years, while a woman injects scorpion venom for mysterious purposes. Read More »