La Ciénaga

La Ciénaga ★★★★

I'd say this would make a fun thematic and (vaguely) aesthetic double-bill with SOMEWHERE if I wasn't afraid of scaring people off. Martel's feature debut depicts Argentina's middle-class eating itself, an incestuous, drunken pit of self-obliteration. Martel frames characters so close it's a wonder that cheeks don't smear against the lens, or from high angles shooting diagonally across a composition that turn bourgeois ennui into the eerily calm aftermath of a stylish shootout, giving the dredged up familial skeletons a greater sense of action for the effect they have on already frayed bonds.