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Lucrecia Martel

The Swamp

La Ciénaga

A fifty-something couple struggle with family issues in the hot, humid plains of Argentina.

The 35mm print is slightly worn and has some tramlines and scratches. It is a rare print and we hope these imperfections won’t impair the audiences’ enjoyment.

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Argentina-Spain-France-Japan 2001
Dir Lucrecia Martel
With Graciela Borges, Mercedes Morán, Martín Adjemián
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

In the hot, humid plains of Argentina, fifty-something Mecha (Borges) and her husband Gregorio (Adjemián) are gloomily trying to cope with their teenage kids. Their lives parallel that of Tali (Morán), Mecha’s cousin, who lives in the nearby town of La Ciénaga. Soon, family tensions and resentments bubbling under the surface threaten to blow up in the cramped and heated conditions of both families.


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