Alberto Rojas Apel (collaborating writer), Pablo Trapero
THE QUIETUDE is the name of the sprawling ranch in Argentina where a wealthy Argentine family resides. The quiet ranch will be shown to be not that quiet or restful by the time the film ends.
The film begins with a beautiful young lady in Buenos Aires, Mia (Martina Gusman) entering the house and interrupting a nasty argument that is heard but not seen, which is likely all for the best, as the audience gets the picture. Mia follows the father to the D.A,’s office where he suffers a stroke and is bedridden. This brings back to Buenos Aires the other member of the family – Eugenia (Berenice Bejo, the actress and wife of the director of the Oscar Winning Best Film THE ARTIST.)
With every member of the family at home, trouble ensues, as expected. It is revealed that the two sisters have an unhealthy sexual incestuous relationship, as can be witnessed in the 5-minute or so oral sex scene that should keep many an audience aroused. The two main actresses are both Argentine and they look so alike, they could pass on for twins. This is a bit confusing during some parts of the movie when one needs to distinguish Mia and Eugenia, unless their names are used in the dialogue.
The events take place during the political unrest of the country due to the brutality of the current dictatorship.
But Trapero’s film, apart from the sexual scenes are boring for the fact that they are hardly credible. It seems that anything goes for drama, and Trapero puts in any event convenient to create high drama, like the father’s stroke, the sex between two females and then male and female. A bit more detail would have been helpful to aid the story’s credibility. Nothing is mentioned of how the family’ wealth is achieved or the reason Eugenia went away to Paris or he reason father and mother stayed together despite huge disagreements.
Though shot on a ranch, most of the film’s scenes are interiors, with not much seen of the animals or in the farming. But the exteriors and production sets are quite good to look at courtesy of the cinematographer and production designer.
Trapero does not do anything to connect the audience with his characters. The audience do not care if the father passes away or not or whether the two sisters will earn their happiness. It appears that all Trapero is interested in doing is to titillate or shock his audience – as in the sex scenes and the oddities of behaviour of the family.
The end result THE QUIETUDE is a rather boring family affair which could be quietly dismissed.