Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Live-in Maid

Cinema Tropical has just given up the heads up on this new Argentine release:

Wednesday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 31 •

Two WeeksShowtimes: 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:20, 8:10, 10:00

A film by Jorge Gaggero
Starring Norma Aleandro

FILMMAKER JORGE GAGGERO IN PERSON! Wed/Thurs/Fri, July 18-20 at the 8:10 shows

“Large in spirit and ambition, and very nearly perfect in execution.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times“

Powered by two first-rate performances, Jorge Gaggero's debut featureis full of psychological nuance and keen social observation. Visually striking... has the feel of Italian neo-realist cinema and the naturalness of the French new wave.” – James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter

Norma Aleandro, the grande dame of Argentine cinema (think Meryl Streep crossed with Penelope Cruz), plays Beba, a still-elegant haute-bourgeois divorcee, living in a fashionable Buenos Aires apartment, surrounded by a lifetime of consumer goods, but with too little cash to stay afloat. Dora, Beba’s maid for 30 years, massages her feet, freshen her drinks and listens to her complain. When Dora makes moves to abandon this sinking ship, the two begin “their tango of class resentment and unacknowledged dependency with consummate subtlety and grace. Those words also apply to Mr. Gaggero’s direction, which is breathtakingly understated...The rooms and hallways of Beba’s apartment...seem to resonate with unspoken emotions – love, loyalty, regret, spite – that achieve a poignant, comical clarity precisely because they are never expressed... (The movie is) modest in scope but large in spirit and ambition, and very nearly perfect in execution.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Argentina/Spain • 2005 • 83 minutes • In Spanish with English subtitles • The Film Sales Company

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