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  • Benjamin Maio Mackay

La Novia Del Desierto - 3.5 Stars

While the plot lacks, the performances carry the piece perfectly.

It tells the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman who works as a domestic employee in a family home in Buenos Aires. For decades he has taken refuge in the routine of his tasks, but now that the family has decided to sell the house, his life begins to totter.

With a cast that only has 2 primary leads the sole responsibility to make this film work falls on Paulina Garcia and Claudio Rissi. Rissi is strong, but his character is an archetype, Garcia shines with elegance and ease. The plot has very little to it, this is a true examination of human nature. Writers/Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato clearly understand the human condition, the dialogue is brilliantly - however the film does lack a little story focus (but only runs at 79 minutes). The cinematography is unusual, but fitting and the score brilliant.

Overall a movie that fully demonstrates how good its leading actors are.

3.5 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of KMPR

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