The true story of an Argentinian family in the 1960s, who cross paths with a German doctor as they set out to begin a new life in Patagonia.

How lovely to have a film written and directed by a woman: Lucía Puenzo (who also directed XXY, yet another film featuring a girl with a genetic disorder).

Not that ‘lovely’ is the correct word for the film. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, but there’s a growing creepiness and chill about the storyline, without at all being a horror film or even a thriller – it’s similar in tone (but not content) to another excellent Argentinian film El Secreto de sus Ojos. We are gradually drawn in to the family’s new home and surroundings until the dawning realisation that not everyone’s motivations are as they seem.

Highly recommended.


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