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  • Actors: Cristina Brondo, Camila Bordonaba, Berta Muñiz, Arnaldo André, Mirella Pascual
  • Directors: Adrián García Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083H6ATW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Marga is a highly motivated, arrogant and successful businesswoman from Spain on assignment in Buenos Aires, a city she hates and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentine capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse, she must also find a new tenant for her family's decrepit apartment. Rapidly losing her patience, she comes upon the mysterious Jorge lurking outside the front door, who informs her that he has a client willing to pay four times what she is asking in rent. There's just one catch - the paperwork must be signed immediately. As Marga waits to complete the transaction, several of Jorge's associates suspiciously appear at the apartment, and before long Marga discovers that their plan for the building and for her may mean a startling fate worse than death. Easily sitting beside Rosemary's Baby, The Wicker Man, and The House of Devil, PENUMBRA is a superbly realized horror entry from Argentine genre talent Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat).

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Following the oddball cult hit "Cold Sweat," the Argentinean filmmaking team of Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano return with "Penumbra." "Cold Sweat" was not a particularly good movie, to my mind, and yet its sheer madness made it strangely alluring. When I settled in to watch this movie, I was not aware of the connection but it didn't take me long to link the two movies based on a similar tone. It's very distinctive and recognizable! So if you like one of these films, you will undoubtedly embrace the other. So over-the-top as to veer into comedy, it's hard to take either very seriously. And yet, there's something unexpectedly compelling and different enough about the style to keep you interested. "Penumbra" is marketed in the horror category but, in truth, it probably won't satisfy viewers expecting big scares and thrills. At best, this is an exercise in creepiness. And, as I said, due to the broadness of the script and performances, I was more amused than terrified. For me, that was enough.

The story unfolds in real time, basically ninety minutes on the day of a rare solar eclipse. A brash Spanish lawyer (Cristina Brondo) is in Buenos Aries on business. She is also tending to an inherited property that she hopes to rent out. When she meets a realtor at the dilapidated apartment, he seems desperate to make an immediate deal. Snapping at an offer that seems too good to be true, she waits for the arrival of the potential renter as the day becomes increasingly odd. It is clear from the get-go that something malevolent is at work here. Although the script tends to hint at possible madness in the central character (which might have been an interesting angle), it is never a viable option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 7, 2013
Penumbra (The Bogliano Brothers, 2011)

The Argentinian thriller Penumbra shares some of the same problems as Chilean thriller Baby Shower, which I reviewed recently. Specifically, this is a movie that starts off slow, slow, slow, which seems to be a common thread among South American movies that style themselves horror (q.v. The Silent House review from a couple of years ago as well). But whereas Baby Shower just kept getting worse as time went on, Penumbra morphed into a fun, if not terribly original, little picture once the pace picked up.

Marga (L'auberge Espagnol's Cristina Brondo) and Ana (voice of Dr. Hell's Ana Luna--we only ever experience Ana via Marga's cell phone) are Spanish sisters who inherited a loft apartment eight years previous. It's located in Argentina, where the two spend two months every year for business purposes, and because of the bad neighborhood, they consider it unrentable. Out of the blue, though, Marga is contacted by Jorge (Berta Muñiz from the Plaga Zombie franchise), acting as an agent for someone who feels the apartment will be perfect for his needs, despite the fact that he can afford a great deal better. That's the first thing that sets alarm bells off in Marga's head, but being the greedy, generally nasty person she is (there's an early scene of her tasering and berating a panhandler that sets the tone of her personality). She meets Jorge and Victoria (Chiquitas' Camila Bordonaba), who identifies herself as his driver, at the apartment, and the three settle in to wait for the new owner, Mr. Salva (The Fish Child's Arnaldo André), to come and sign some papers. Time drags on, and more alarm bells start going off in Marga's head as things get weirder--but her desperation to get the apartment off her hands keeps her there.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victor C. on September 23, 2012
I watched this movie on line and because there was nothing else I was interested in decided to give this one a shot.
Well, I kept the remote in my hand thinking that I'd be picking something else to watch but this movie was just entrancing. I put the remote down and watched the way the main actress played this arrogant "bitchy" lawyer and when I thought I had it figured out something came out of left field and I just couldn't stop watching.

The other reviewers did a nice job reviewing the movie and I agree with all they said. This is an odd little thriller that'll keep you on edge and wondering. When you thought you had it figured out, it throws you for a loop.

Great movie with not a lot of action or horror but the director and the actors/actresses did a great job in keeping their audience wondering, "What the hell is gonna happen next? " Just bought it because it's that good. Worthy in anybody's collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Boone on September 22, 2012
Penumbra has a rather horrific climax but it's not really a horror film, more a thriller, and definitely an odd one. A rather arrogant woman is supposed to meet someone to rent an apartment that has been in her family, and when she arrives & finds someone waiting outside the door, the assumption is that this is the realtor with whom she is to meet. After some almost darkly-comedic encounters and a lot of chattering, news of an impending solar eclipse that day, and more and more people from the supposed realtor's office showing up, things begin to get a bit strange and definitely take on a sinister tone. And as Marga begins to suspect things are not what they seem, it's far too late for her to do anything about it. Especially when the "client" that everyone has been talking about finally shows up. The ending is very strange, and leaves one wondering exactly what DID happen, because there appears to be no evidence that anything did, or at least anything that was done by someone other than Marga. Worth seeing if you like off-beat thrillers, and warning: It's in Spanish with subtitles.
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