El Cuento de las Comadrejas
JUAN JOSÉ CAMPANELLA
129 minutes, Color and Black & White
There are many weasels in director Campanella's devilishly witty tale, both actual and metaphorical. In fact, metaphors are plentiful in this story of dark secrets and brutal honesty colliding with modern ambition. In a grand dilapidated country mansion, aged movie diva Mara (Graciela Borges) spends her days mournfully re-watching her past cinematic triumphs, while her housemates—controlling director Norberto (Oscar Martínez), caustic screenwriter Martín (Marcos Mundstock), and invalid husband and co-star Pedro (Luis Brandoni)—banter dissolutely in dry cinematic terms, discussing the cold reality in front of them. When bright young couple Bárbara and Francisco (Clara Lago and Nicolás Francella) stumble onto the property, the old-timers see both hope and trouble. Because everyone is hiding something and now longstanding grudges and slights must be avenged or settled. As battle lines are drawn and the plot twists and twists again, the seniors become surprisingly resilient as they decide whether the roles they chose to play on screen will define their lives.—Dave Nuttycombe
In Spanish with English subtitles
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