Los decentes [A Decent Woman] (2016)

Los decentes
Director: Lukas Valenta Rinner
Writer: Ana GodoyAriel GurevichMartín Shanly, Lukas Valenta Rinner
Cast: Iride MockertIvanna Colona OlsenMariano SayavedraPablo Seijo, Martín Shanly, Andrea Strenitz
Seen on: 19.9.2017

Belen (Iride Mockert) finds a new job as a maid in a gated community just outside Buenos Aires. It’s a rich, proper and maybe a little boring place. But adjacent to it is another kind of gated community: a nudist swinger club. The quiet Belen finds herself intrigued and starts to visit that club more and more.

Maybe Los Decentes simply caught me at the wrong time, but for whatever reason I couldn’t get into the film and found it mostly exhausting to sit through.

I can imagine that at another time, Los Decentes may have captured me and my attention. There was certainly enough to build from: I loved the strange, unusual setting that is captured with a sense of ironic but loving detachment. The cinematography is a thing of beauty. Here and there the film that would have drawn me in shines through, especially in the scene where all the nudist are shown as animals.

Alas, it was not to be. Instead I sat through an overly long, tedious film where nothing much happens and where the pacing is akin to a driving over a bumpy road in an old car with pretty bad springs: shaky and bumpy.

And the ending didn’t feel very round or smooth to me either. Instead, the film just seems to stop at some point, without any indication – to me – why at this point and not any other that came before it or one that would have come later. But maybe by this times, I had been bored too much to realize the significance of that particular point in the story.

All of that may sound very harsh, but the film does have its moments, too, and I wouldn’t discount the possibility that I would like it if I were to watch it again. I’m just not very motivated to give it a try.

Summarizing: There’s something to the film, but it wasn’t enough for me.

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