‘The Attachment Diaries’ Evaluation: Love, Sick

‘The Attachment Diaries’ Evaluation: Love, Sick

A trashy deal with coated in a high-art gloss, “The Attachment Diaries” gleefully kneads melodrama, noir, horror and sexual perversion right into a pathological romance between two deeply broken girls.

The setting is Nineteen Seventies Argentina, the place a rain-soaked, apparently destitute Carla (Jimena Anganuzzi) arrives on the house of Irina (Lola Berthet), a extreme gynecologist. Carla, claiming to have been gang-raped, is searching for an unlawful abortion (her second, because it seems), however her being pregnant is simply too far alongside. Instead, Irina presents to shelter Carla till the delivery, then promote the kid to a rich couple. Irina, it appears, has a couple of profitable facet hustle; she additionally has a Ph.D. in chemistry, which is able to serve the ladies nicely when their pathologies hit the fan and the our bodies hit the ground.

Defined by a near-tactile stress between the profligacies of the script (by the director, Valentín Javier Diment) and the coolly reserved magnificence of Claudio Beiza’s cinematography, “The Attachment Diaries” takes its excesses so significantly that it’s inconceivable to not chortle. As the ladies’s twisted histories and sick behaviors are slowly revealed — Carla, for example, performs darkish experiments in decoupage, whereas Irina excels at dismemberment — Diment flirts with farce. The movie’s taproot, nevertheless, slurps insistently from a deep reservoir of misandry and rape trauma, commonalities that wrap the ladies in a cocoon of shared ache.

At as soon as lugubrious and nutty, miserable and daring, “The Attachment Diaries” unfolds, for the primary hour or so, within the softest black and white. Then, simply previous the midpoint, the display screen floods with a wealthy, golden gentle, timed to coincide with Irina’s first expertise of sexual launch. Psychotic killer and star-crossed lover have simply turn into one and the identical.

The Attachment Diaries
Not rated. In Spanish, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 42 minutes. In theaters.

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