• It’s a very strong debut from Martel—the title literally translates to “the swamp” and the opening is very strong with these drunk upper class laying around by an unclean (very green swamp-like) pool. Martel certainly borrows from Bunuel with the critique of the bourgeois
  • There is real texture in the framing (whist not being too need on narrative which is fine)- not as much as her follow up film the holy girl but still- lots of people laying around in the frame- a person is lying on a bed (usually drunk) in almost every scene—so busy with people relaxing or passed out.
  • There’s a little of la dolce vita with the newscast sighting of the Madonna
  • Lack of of bathing, heavy makeup, disheveled—insulting their housekeepers— dogs running around lawlessly—sunglasses, hangovers and bad skin—young girls with a ton of makeup
  • Recommend but not terribly close to the top 10 of 2001