- Actors: Mónica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Armando Hernández, Diego Chas, Dagoberto Gama
- Directors: Michael Rowe
- Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Axiom Films
- DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004C9MC1K
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Leap year: Ano Bisiesto [DVD] (2010)
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Winner of the prestigious Camera D Or prize for Best First Feature at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and one of the most controversial films of the year, LEAP YEAR (Año Bisiesto), from Mexico, is the outstanding debut feature film of Australian director Michael Rowe, a character study on loneliness, featuring an extraordinary leading performance by Mónica Del Carmen (Babel), supported by Gustavo Sánchez Parra (Amores Perros, Man on Fire). This highly charged sexual thriller, set within the small confines of a Mexican apartment, follows 29 days in the dispirited life of freelance journalist Laura Lopez, as she moves from one anonymous sexual encounter to another. Soon, Laura meets a man by the name of Arturo, and it is not long before she is submitting to demeaning sexual acts as part of their relationship, a tragic psychological reaction to a secret trauma from her past, which occurred on the previous leap year. When Laura marks a red square around an upcoming date on her calendar wall, the wheels are set in motion for what will turn out to be a startling conclusion.
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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.
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.........
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.
As I said, she is far from pretty and at the beginning it is hard to love her that way. But as time goes by we begin to see her in a different way. She never complains or blames someone else that she is lonely or has no proper relationship with man.
But it was the time when she meets this a little old guy who is trying to be an actor that changes her. He and Monica Del Carmen(the woman) that are doing all kinds of dangerous things together which is a sadomasochistic relationship. Then she opens her mind that she no longer wants to live anymore. She put a mark on her calender in a day which is the day she will die. Then she asks the man that that day he should kill her with a knife while having sex. He agrees to do so. Now we are nervous since we know that we will see her death.
But he didn't appear that day. Also that day her brother had trouble with his girlfriend and cries for help to his sister.
Now the D-date has been past. Her life goes on.
The story becomes a happy ending in some sort because she has to live and keep her life go on. But on the other hand it is against her will that she has to live. She is living autimatically. But anyway, she won't die at least.
Sometimes if you want to die, if that very moment just passed, you can just go on living. That's it. It can be just one moment that you really really want to die.
She will live and she will keep working as a jouranlist and eventually meet a new man. Maybe.
I am sure for that.
There are a lot of sex scenes but none of them are sexual. They seems like corpse having sex together.
You will see what I mean if you watch this film.
There is reasons why the director casted these actors and he succeded to do so.This is his first feature and it is like his 10th feature.
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