Sun 31 October 11:59pm
Director: Francisco Márquez
Starring: Elisa Carricajo, Mecha Martinez, Eliot Otazo, Cecilia Rainero, Ciro Coien Pardo
Available to stream at home from Tuesday 13 April
The superb psychological thriller, A Common Crime, is Latin American cinema at its most potent and profound. Intimate, intense and increasingly claustrophobic, Francisco Márquez‘s thought-provoking drama is as unnerving as it is politically astute.
Cecilia (the fantastic Elisa Carricajo) is a single mother and professor of sociology at the University, who lives comfortably thanks to the help of her houseworker Nebe (Mecha Martinez). One stormy night, Nebe’s fifteen-year-old son, Kevin (Eliot Otazo), knocks her door in despair. Scared to let someone she barely knows into her house, Cecilia ignores his pleas.
The next day, Kevin’s body is found in the river and Cecilia discovers he has been killed by the police. Haunted by the ghost of the young man, and spiralling towards a breakdown, she is plagued by the unshakeable guilt of her failure to help. Torn between the concepts of idealism and the reality of taking action, Cecilia’s experiences piercingly embody the consequences of generations turning a blind eye to the long history of disappeared people in Argentina.
★★★★ “ELEGANT, DISQUIETING AND IMPRESSIVELY ACTED” The Guardian
“AMBITIOUS, UNNERVING THRILLER” Sight & Sound
Stream on demand for £9.99. You’ll have 48 hours to watch the film. 50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.
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