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Leap Year (Ano Bisiesto) (2011)

Monica del Carmen , Gustavo Sanchez Parra , Michael Rowe  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Monica del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Marco Zapata
  • Directors: Michael Rowe
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DU58QS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Potent and surprising --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

One of the best films of the year --Crave Online

One of the most explicit and shocking films of the past several years --Culture Catch

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Laura, a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat, is not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands in stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love. These short-lived affairs barely take the edge off her isolation, but then she meets the brooding, would-be actor Arturo. Their chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. The two embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. Their physical relationship seems headed for a very dark place as her secret past resurfaces, pushing Arturo to the limit in this intense, powerful and at times deeply unsettling movie.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mexican Tale of Loneliness, Lies and S & M. March 16, 2012
This is a film that is hard to categorise, described by some commentators as a graphic portrayal of loneliness, it is that but a hell of a lot more. It tells the story of one month, February, in the life of Laura; played with remarkable sincerity by Monica de Carmen. She is desperately alone; she works from home for a business magazine called - imaginatively enough -`Your Business'. She fills the emotional void by fantasizing about people she sees, pretending that they are her friends, or by going out and picking up random hombres for sex. They all have one thing in common and that is they like doing a post coital `runner' - before the sheets have dried.

Then she meets Arturo and they go at it hammer and tongs as the old saying has it. She seems to be quite imaginative in the experimental sex department and as it develops it starts getting more into the sado masochistic side and the ritual humiliation - like watersports, before going ever darker.

This is a directorial debut for Australian director Michael Rowe and to call him ambitious is an under statement. To tackle such themes was always going to be challenging, yet he has done it in a caring yet honest way. There is also no background music at all; this lends itself to the realism he is aiming to create in that all of the emotion evinced from the film is through the on screen performances.

This film has garnered many plaudits including one at the Cannes Film Festival but whilst it should be praised for its high `art' value, it will not be every bodies cup of tea, actually it could very well put most people off their tea with some of the scenes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly good April 17, 2012
By .fgd
Monica de Carmen kept my attention despite many scenes without a lot of action. There is a sense of a woman who maintains and sustains her self like her own horse in a stable. Even though much footage of Carmen going about the course of her domestic activities it is satisfying to watch her somehow. She ticks off all the boxes but there is a blind spot in her sexual personal emotional life although she is not lonley in family life. It could also be not blind but a known tragic cause that she is too stoic to admit to. We never find out. In a jaded yet methodical way she makes herself look nice and try to find a new man to fill in the gap inside her. Patience pays off. One night she meets a sado-masochist who prompts her to think and feel out side the box I became saddened and impatient half way through it seemed as though after one liberating orgasm she quickly traded sexual satisfaction for token affectionin a pathetic way.. Pain escalates and intensifies her inner landscape.In a blind clumsey and quirky way it finely tuned her real needs wherein they were resolved in a surprising way that made this a satisfying film to have watched.

I had to re-watch the end because I missed the clincher which is a quiet enigmatic sentence to her brother which I wont print as its a spoiler. But in a surprisingly calm way the box was finally ticked on that which was missing inside her life. A surprising optamistic film then. Loneliness or kinkyness can metamorphose into an unhealthy even dangerous state if left to stew overtime. Strangely pain can also take the bull by the horns.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Human condition February 13, 2012
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I came across this movie and being that this year is the leap year, I decided to see it. It is a foreign movie, made in Mexico and it may not be readily acceptable by the American audiences. The reason I say that is because this is not a fast moving film. Director takes his time to explain the main character, Laura. The entire film, with exception of the very first beginning of it is filmed inside the apartment.

Laura is a journalist. Her days are spent in front of her computer. Even her interviews with her subjects are conducted over the phone. She talks to her editor and her family on the phone,she never sees them face to face. In her spare time, Laura quietly observes her neighbors who live in her apartment complex. She dares not approach them. It becomes obvious, very early in the movie that Laura lives in the fantasy world. If she does not have enough action, she makes it up and shares it with her mother during phone conversations and her brother who occasionally visits her in her apartment.

Laura goes out and seems not to have any difficulty picking up dates. Her encounters are brief and most guys she meets are one night stands. Until one evening, she finds a seemingly perfect date. She finds a guy who satisfies all her fantasies and they hit it off fine. Soon enough, it becomes obvious that Laura has obsessions with the February 29th date. It is through her relationship with her last lover that we learn that her father died four years ago, on February 29th. What really touched me is that for a person who is a pathological liar and who seems to numb her emotional pain with sex, Laura is sincerely grieving the death of her father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very avant garde!
Published 1 month ago by M. evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for the Sick and Demented :)
I seen this movie on Netflix and I fell in love with it. Its very sexual, but when it comes to playing with your fantasies this definitely hits the mark. I love it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vonnie White
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
There have been plenty of films about lonely and alienated young men, but few about women. She is a somewhat shy and unattractive free lance writer from Central America living in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mr. contrarian
2.0 out of 5 stars Rent, Do Not Buy this Movie
If you must see this, then you would be best served renting it. This is probably one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charlie Spivey
5.0 out of 5 stars 29th of Feb
look alike no exist birth or death on 29th of Feb in 1st,2nd, and 3rd year. every 4 year will there remember. but in movie hard for her accept when come time.
Published 17 months ago by Tracy Burge
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying for all the wrong reasons.
Año Bisiesto (Leap Year) (Michael Rowe, 2010)

I am willing to admit right up front that some of my problems with this movie come from the fact that I'm really,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars One night stands in Mexico
Two or three stars? I really could not decide.
Leap Year was not as good as I had exopected. We follow a lonely woman journalist who works from home and enjoys one night... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mikey
3.0 out of 5 stars My review
I believe this is good movie not a great movie. I like how the movie used only two locations, it showed the loneliness felt by the main characters.
Published on January 15, 2012 by Christopher Cain
3.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL ROWE, OPUS ONE
I really like how Michael Rowe describes the solitude of the megalopolises by following 29 days of the life of Laura in her room. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Daniel S.
2.0 out of 5 stars leap year
The movie was not that great at all, It was nothing like I thought it would be like, the sex scene was very weak, something you can see
on cinemax at late night, the movies... Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by tman
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