Albertina Carri’s drama “La Rabia” [Eng. Title: Anger] is set in a small farming community somewhere amidst the vastness of the Argentinian Pampas. The story centres around feuding neighbours – one’s a widowed father living with his son, and one’s a couple with their mute eight year old daughter. But unbeknown to the husband, Ale – the wife, is having an affair with the neighbour. The daughter has seen them in the act, even if Ale is completely oblivious that anyone could notice her. The daughter shows her disapproval by removing her clothing – she does it every time she gets angry.
It is a difficult film to watch, with prolonged takes – whether it is the butchering of an animal, the couple having rough sex, or the stillness of the landscape. However, it is beautifully filmed, and well directed with a clear conviction by Ms. Carri. Scenes that would otherwise be too graphic are handled using hand-drawn animation. The theme that runs throughout the film is the emptiness in the characters’ soul, as in the landscape. Analía Couceyro plays the wife’s role pretty well, with some rather bold scene appearances. The difficult but exquisitely made film is Highly Recommended Viewing..!
The Nudity: Analía Couceyro and Javier Lorenzo
The first scene starts off with the two lovers fooling around, until the man hears a noise from outside and pulls out his gun – only to realise it is Ale’s daughter by the window. But when asked by Ale who it was, he answers, “nothing – just chasing away some dogs”. The sex session they have afterwards is very physical – as if they were enacting some scene from a porn movie. When her husband notices marks on Ale’s neck after she gets home, she makes up a story knowing well that he wouldn’t believe it.
We are shown two sides of Ale – as a caring mum, and a nymphomaniac who doesn’t give a damn about much else. In the process, the film also features explicit scenes of sex and nudity. Towards the end of one of the scenes, children wander into the house while the couple are still having sex, but the man covers Ale’s face with her panties so that she couldn’t see the children watching, and resumes with even more vigour.