Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic, Julio Diaz, María Telón
Written by: Jayro Bustamante
Directed by: Jayro Bustamante
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: In Spanish, Mayan with English subtitles
Running Time: 97
Date: 08/06/2020
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La Llorona (2020)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Weeping Terror

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This quasi-horror film, released on Shudder in August of 2020, is also the Guatemalan entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. Even though it shares a portion of a title with one of the Conjuring universe films (The Curse of La Llorona), this one isn't particularly scary, and relies more on a sense of the unknown and the uncertain. It plays on audience preconceptions, given that the main character isn't anyone we'd want to root for. He's a dictator (Julio Diaz) responsible for a genocide is suddenly released from prison and returns to his family home. Surrounded by chanting protestors, and with most of the servants quitting, the family goes about life the best they can. But when a strange new girl, Alma (María Mercedes Coroy) comes on board, and the dictator's increasingly frequent delusions and illicit behavior bring things to a new level of unsettling chaos.

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