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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Adrián García Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano

Starring:
Cristina Brondo
Camila Bordonaba
Berta Muñiz

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A woman trying to sublet her apartment runs afoul of some cultists during a solar eclipse.
Is it good movie?
Margarita is not a very nice woman. Hailing from Barcelona, she is very unpleasant to the people in Buenos Aires during the yearly trip she needs to make for work. While in town, she is roped into trying to sublet an apartment that her family owns, on the same day of a solar eclipse. The real estate agent that comes to see the apartment for a mysterious client is a bit odd, and every time Margarita leaves the apartment for some reason, there are more of them. Eventually she twigs to the fact that all is not what it seems, but by then it is too late.

Margarita is one of those women who is obnoxiously gorgeous, but almost unrepentantly terrible inside. In fact, she’s a total see you next Thursday. She engages in frequent bigoted tirades, uses her, um, womanhood to get ahead in business, and displays not a fig about the feelings of anyone around her. Which sort of endeared me to her. Unfortunately she was about the only thing I liked about the film. The plot about the cult wanting to use her apartment for some ritual just takes forever to get off the ground, and when it does it is overly talky, and ultimately anticlimactic.

The subtitles were a huge issue for me. They went by so damned fast I had to watch most of the scenes twice to figure out what was being said. After finishing the film I discovered that I needn’t have bothered, since most of the dialogue is blather anyway, as well as most of the scenes being filler for what is a dangerously thin plot. It is designed as a cat and mouse game, as well as a Twilight Zone-esque morality play about an abhorrent woman getting her comeuppance, but it was ultimately just sort of boring.
Video / Audio
Video: Screener

Audio: Screener
The Extras
Screener
Last Call
Cristina Brondo is captivating both in looks and in accent, and plays an abhorrent character with complete relish. She’s worth an otherwise plodding and boring film to see. Also, the song that plays over the end credits, Monstruos, is pretty cool. I guess these are not ringing endorsements for the film…
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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