A thoughtful study of a marriage, “El Campo” [2011 Argentina]

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Hernán Belón makes his feature film debut through “El Campo” [Eng. Title: In the Open], an understated drama concerning a couples’ commitment to their marriage in contemporary Argentina.

City couple Santiago and Elisa move to the countryside with their toddler Mathilda – the move was Santiago’s cherished dream. They are in love, and Elisa readily agrees to Santiago’s proposal of relocation. But while Santiago is enjoying the transition and enthusiastically adapting to life in the country, the change in environment takes Elisa out of her comfort zone, which will challenge their hitherto solid relationship…

The austere, simple but elegant film is largely a character study of two individuals, their marriage, and family. It is also about communication and adaptation for the sake of a larger good. I’m not sure to what extent director Belón’s efforts in creating a seemingly spooky or alien atmosphere really helps the narrative, but Dolores Fonzi and Leonardo Sbaraglia look good together in the film, and it is their chemistry and refined performance as Elisa and Santiago respectively that propels the drama. It is for that reason that this is Recommended Viewing.


The Nudity: Dolores Fonzi and Leonardo Sbaraglia
They’re brief scenes that happen during some sex scenes – nothing explicit, but passionate all the same.

Dolores Fonzi and Leonardo Sbaraglia in El Campo

The Argentinian drama “El Campo” aka “In the Open” features some brief but passionate scenes of nudity from Dolores Fonzi and Leonardo Sbaraglia.



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