2008. Peru. Josué Méndez. 91 min.
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2008. Peru. Written and directed by Josué Méndez. With Sergio Gjurinovic, Anahí de Cárdenas, Maricielo Effio. Elisa is the young fiancée of a rich industrialist, and the future stepmother of his two troubled teenagers: the nervous Diego, who reluctantly prepares himself for a career at his overbearing father’s factory, and Andrea, his sexually promiscuous and emotionally aimless party-girl sister. Backed by excellent performances and stylishly composed images of domestic seaside splendor, the sharp dialogue infuses brittle manners with the promise of destructive mayhem. Ultimately, Méndez’s coolly scathing satire of Peru’s upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath shallow spirituality and material extravagance. In Spanish; English subtitles. 91 min.