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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic tale of an abused woman
For most unattached women a 'leap year' offers an opportunity to propose marriage to a reluctant suitor. But the main character in this movie, Laura, has an entirely different agenda in mind. Treated like dirt by her random lovers she finally finds a man who sees her as a person rather than a sex object - but even he beats and abuses her. Yet she accepts it all. It is...
Published on 20 April 2011 by Hillwalker

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tragic but no "Last Tango"
Yes, tragic as one other reviewer stated and equally grim in it's presentation. I think though the producers have tried to "cash in" somewhat on Last Tango In Paris which is boldly stated on the DVD cover that this one is being compared to.
Last Tango was famous for being erotic no matter which side of the fence you sit on, however with this movie the scenes which...
Published on 21 May 2011 by MelAus


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic tale of an abused woman, 20 April 2011
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For most unattached women a 'leap year' offers an opportunity to propose marriage to a reluctant suitor. But the main character in this movie, Laura, has an entirely different agenda in mind. Treated like dirt by her random lovers she finally finds a man who sees her as a person rather than a sex object - but even he beats and abuses her. Yet she accepts it all. It is only near the end of the movie that the viewer realises the reason for Laura's submissive behaviour - and her long-term plan for February 29th.
Not easy viewing - the entire piece is set inside Laura's rather claustrophobic, rundown apartment - but a compulsive study of a damaged individual that stays long in the memory.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of modern age dissatisfaction, 18 Sep 2011
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Mr. Robert Marsland (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This is a tale of a young woman in Mexico and her empty life. She works from home as a journalist but for most of the time looks out the window at the happy couple in the apartment opposite or her other neighbours in their small gardens. She seeks some solace in one-night stands and eventually finds an affair that goes beyond the single occurrence. This affair becomes gradually more and more sado-masochistic and she takes full compliance and enjoyment in this. In between times she is visited by her younger brother and as time goes on it is revealed that she is mourning the death of her father. The story is well thought out and the performances are extremely realistic, especially the lead. very good
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not sexy but, 23 May 2011
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not sexy nor thrilling . This is a slow paced well thought out little film . Great to see such a real looking woman having sex , rather than the usual plastic doll . Yes the s m is violent rather than being titilating but then this is a film to make you think rather than to turn you on . Reccomended x
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mexican Tale of Loneliness, Lies and S & M., 16 Mar 2012
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a film that is hard to categorise, described by some commentators as a graphic portrayal of loneliness, it is that but a hell of a lot more. It tells the story of one month, February, in the life of Laura; played with remarkable sincerity by Monica de Carmen. She is desperately alone; she works from home for a business magazine called - imaginatively enough -`Your Business'. She fills the emotional void by fantasizing about people she sees, pretending that they are her friends, or by going out and picking up random hombres for sex. They all have one thing in common and that is they like doing a post coital `runner' - before the sheets have dried.

Then she meets Arturo and they go at it hammer and tongs as the old saying has it. She seems to be quite imaginative in the experimental sex department and as it develops it starts getting more into the sado masochistic side and the ritual humiliation - like watersports, before going ever darker.

This is a directorial debut for Australian director Michael Rowe and to call him ambitious is an under statement. To tackle such themes was always going to be challenging, yet he has done it in a caring yet honest way. There is also no background music at all; this lends itself to the realism he is aiming to create in that all of the emotion evinced from the film is through the on screen performances.

This film has garnered many plaudits including one at the Cannes Film Festival but whilst it should be praised for its high `art' value, it will not be every bodies cup of tea, actually it could very well put most people off their tea with some of the scenes. This is also not pornographic as it is filmed in such a straightforward fashion, that it lacks all sense of eroticism as this is a study of someone actually losing it, but at the same time being very loving. Convincing performances all round but especially from Monica de Carmen. The language is Spanish (Mexican) with excellent sub titles and a run time of 92 minutes. So if you want a bit of truly art house, original, world cinema this will be one you will want to see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down and dirty Leap Year movie, 23 Aug 2011
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William Black "william black ...Irishman" (Bangor North Ireland) - See all my reviews
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A poignant little story that blasts aside the idea of the lonely single woman incapable of obtaining the type and style of sex she desires. This Leap Yeasr is not the US film of boring dross of the same name.......I pity people searching for the latter who connect with the wrong film,and smile at their blushs!
LEAP YEAR,a Mexican film,reveals the depths of sexual want and desire concealed within the human nature; sexual violence for naked pleasure.
That the character here is an intelligent female and a journalist adds a frisson to this tale.No blood and guts. But the date marked with an X on a wall calender could be a ticking clock of.........
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tragic but no "Last Tango", 21 May 2011
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MelAus (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Yes, tragic as one other reviewer stated and equally grim in it's presentation. I think though the producers have tried to "cash in" somewhat on Last Tango In Paris which is boldly stated on the DVD cover that this one is being compared to.
Last Tango was famous for being erotic no matter which side of the fence you sit on, however with this movie the scenes which are propably being touted as erotic, are anything but. They are rough, brief, animal like and I would imagine will disgust some viewers.
Another quote on the cover from "Total Film" says "Tense and Explicit" No, it is a story which has undertones of someone being in the position of the lead, but in this case instead of creating a broad picture of her miserable life, we are dealt encounter after encounter with just one theme. The supposed erotic scenes are not in any way explicit and more deserving of a "15" rating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars weird film, 15 April 2014
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it film is bit weird but ok for who is love talk and sex movie. it about her want get sex before die by something
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3.0 out of 5 stars One night stands in Mexico, 13 Dec 2012
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Two or three stars? I really could not decide.
Leap Year was not as good as I had exopected. We follow a lonely woman journalist who works from home and enjoys one night stands. The story is reasonable but this si not something I would bother to watch again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good foreign language film, 5 Sep 2011
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Mr. Noel Newman "Leon" (Cotswolds, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the second Mexican film I have watched and in each case I have not been disappointed. This story, which is quite explicit in some cases, builds to a surprising and dramatic conclusion with a twist. The main character is very realistic as are the men she encounters. Worth buying.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars utter boredom., 29 Mar 2012
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never goes anywhere,a very poor attempt at last tango.sex scenes are not explicit as you are led to believe by all the hype this film has had.try Q a far better movie.
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