Original title: “Wakolda”
Argentina – Drama – Year: 2013 – Running time: 93 mins
CFC Audience feedback: Rating: (3.85 / 5 from 26 votes)
- ‘Excellent’: 8 votes
- ‘Very good’: 9 votes
- ‘Good’: 7 votes
- ‘Satisfactory’: 1 vote
- ‘Poor’: 1 vote
- 2 comments with no grade.
Patagonia, 1960. On a long desert road, as they travel to a new life to run a hotel, an Argentinian family befriend a German doctor, ‘Gregor’. He moves in while awaiting the arrival of his wife and forms an attachment to the daughter, Lilith, whose stunted growth, due to hormone deficiencies, he is eager to treat. Gregor is not all he appears to be: they are harbouring a monstrous criminal. This is a gripping and visually impressive drama based on true and terrible events, adapted from the director’s own novel, Wakolda.
Puenzo paints an arresting picture of postwar Argentina as a strange, morally occluded place, with former Nazis hiding at the best watering holes and resorts and with Mossad agents working in the shadows.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Director: Lucía Puenzo
The Fish Child (2009) / XXY (2007)