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Kept and Dreamless (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos) - Amazon.com Exclusive (2013)

Lucia Snieg , Vera Fogwill , Vera Fogwill  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucia Snieg, Vera Fogwill
  • Directors: Vera Fogwill
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SJ5X2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kept and Dreamless (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos) – Amazon.com Exclusive

During Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family.

But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family, led by standout performances from director Vera Fogwill and young actress Luca Snieg.

"This is cinematic practice at its best: whilst exhibiting the social and political problems and gender roles, the film establishes a close connection with its local audiences, but it also achieves its universal aim."
-Fipresci

"Matching style and originality with a refreshing lack of moralizing, 'Kept & Dreamless' keeps the banner of Argentinean independent cinema flying high…" –Variety

Kept and Dreamless is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Matching stylish originality with a refreshing lack of moralizing, this noteworthy feature debut is particularly successful in the conveying a hip, post-modern feminine viewpoint. --Variety

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars coming of age in Argentina November 25, 2012
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A film very similar to "Mas que a Nada en el Mundo" about a 9-year-old girl struggling to cope with her drug-dependent mother during Argentina's economic crisis. There is a certain amount of humour, but the situations are still fairly grim - the film opens with a sequence in which the mother takes the money her own mother has given her to have an abortion to pay off a drug-dealer. The girl's father is absent and her attempts to meet him form an important through-line in the film. To be classified with those many other films in which the daughter is more mature than the mother. Unrated but equivalent to 'M' for language, drug references, and sexual situations. There is one extraordinary scene towards the very end of the film in which the girl's grandmother teaches her to insert a pad - although the camera maintains a respectful distance, it is still a full frontal nude scene of a young girl exploring herself and may be offensive to delicate US sensibilities (but presumably perfectly normal in South America).

The film is properly in 16:9 format but due to a technical error appears "stretched" so that all the actors are too wide - this can be rectified by using the zoom function on your television to convert the image to proper 16:9 format. The disc is not region-locked, so it should play on any player.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless lives February 6, 2014
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I was more or less raised to be of use to someone, or something; to have goals, work, not be lazy, etc., and I think that's good advice. I've heard from many sources that my life should be of some service; this movies seems to revolve around people who's philosophies are opposite my own. Even joy and contentment are better when shared and earned.

There's the useless mother who can't stop getting pregnant and running to her mother for help, while her own daughter is surrounded by drugs, other people who have no sense of direction, and who, for the most part, are pretty un-productive and unhappy. Most of the adults deal drugs, use drugs, cheat the gov't to avoid any type labor, living off alimony, welfare, thievery. The young mother has a 9yr old daughter trying to live through and make some sense of all this; the movie ends with her getting her menses. All I can say is Good luck to you, Sweetheart, you're going to need it.

The movie explores and suggests a kind of Beavis and Butthead philosophy and lifestyle, and it appears that's what the characters strive for, but success at failure isn't making any of them happy.

The movie is entertaining if you don't simply stop it from an overwhelming feeling of disgust; it may have something important to say, but if it did I missed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faded glory April 15, 2014
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Argentina was once one of the richest places on earth and it still shows ... The french call this "grandeur" ... Terrible to live it beautiful to watch it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another view of the X generation May 16, 2014
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This is an interesting film. I enjoyed how the child of this addicted and lost mother was portrayed. The writing is original and fresh.
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