Rating: R for language, adult situations
Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Appealing characters and a master turn by Pedro Almodovar muse Cecilia Roth can’t salvage this abstract Mexican soap opera cum inventive New Wave mystery.
is undergoing a mid-life crisis.
Unexpectedly abandoned by her husband Ramón (José Elias Moreno) as the
pair is boarding a plane for a New Year’s Eve trip to
While establishing a kinship with courtly, battle-weary Félix (Carlos Álvarez Novoa), and the seductive, impressionable Adrián (Hispanic television star Kuno Becker), Lucía turns inward. Newfound freedoms and flirtations result in marital reservations. Those subtle psychological shifts segue into visual transitions, as Lucía merrily narrates sudden alterations in her appearance, her apartment décor, and her tenuous grip on reality.
Lucía explores the terrain of her surprise singles status while uncovering potentially disturbing (but less than surprising) evidence regarding her husband’s disappearance. Murder and betrayal rear their ugly heads. Is Ramón the victim of a sordid crime, or perhaps the perpetrator?
Kudos to the talented Roth for making the effort; too bad it didn’t pay off.