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on 20 April 2011
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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on 5 September 2011
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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on 22 May 2014
You will have to fight hard to stay awake watching this awful DVD. Perhaps it might have been more watchable if the main female star of the film was worth watching. Sadley this wasent the case? Perhaps I am spoiled by watching too many Bound Heat DVD's and their beautiful young nubile Czech starlets
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on 23 August 2011
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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 16 March 2012
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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on 14 April 2016
This movie was not all what I expected but in a good way. It is a story about a mexican girl who is a self emplyeed journalist who works at home. She is far from pretty or sexy and she usually get rid of sexual desire by havng intercourse with a bunch of unknown men whom she meets on the bar or something. If not then she sees her neighbourhood couple and she masterbates.
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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on 23 May 2011
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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on 21 May 2011
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 December 2012
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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on 11 July 2014
A great film of the sort Hollywood could never make. A lot of nudity and (abusive) sex but this is integral to the plot. Enormously better than the pretentious and dull Last Tango in Paris to which it has been compared.
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