Written November 18, 2012
The form of the story is a "Classical" Tragedy. I was most impressed to see the rage of the characters, so adeptly played just below the surface for the majority of the film. I feel this is a remarkable first film from director Ana Piterbarg. The story is a challenging one to direct, but you'd never know it was her first one given her subtle hand. The film is beautifully acted and shot. The performances of Viggo Mortensen and Soledad Villamil are riveting. Villamil in particular shows you every layer of feeling as the betrayed wife, while Mortensen's performance as twin brothers is sublime. The audience has no problem seeing the two brothers in the actor's performances, and both characters are played with surprising range. Mortensen plays Augustin so vulnerable and beaten down.
Go see it, but expect foreign film sensibilities.
Written March 25, 2013
I love Viggo but you can't have a whole movie in which the camera is on his face the whole time.
The film drags on.