It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since writer-director Lucrecia Martel’s third feature film The Headless Woman played Cannes, capping a remarkable three-film run for the Argentine auteur—and that she hasn’t made anything sincd. This Sunday night (or, more accurately, Monday morning) at 2:15 a.m. Eastern, Turner Classic Movies will be showing Martel’s 2002 debut feature La Ciénaga, starring Graciela Borges and Mercedes Morán as middle-aged cousins troubled by a sweltering summers, distracted spouses, and obnoxious children. Martel turns the annoyances of everyday life into something halfway between black comedy and existential horror, all while dwelling on the characters’ tired faces and their crumbling homes. This a remarkably lived-in film, which established Martel as a major talent. Now can we get a TCM cablecast of Martel’s 2004 follow-up The Holy Girl sometime soon?
November 21, 2014 newsreel