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Peruvian Film: The Bad Intentions

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Wednesday, February 27

Film -- Las Malas Intenciones / The Bad Intentions (Perú, 2011)

Presenter: Director: Rosario García Montero
Time: 6:30 pm
Announced by: Center for Latin American Studies
In conjunction with: Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano
Contact Person: Mildred López
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The Bad Intentions is a brilliant coming-of-age story that is funny, subtle, touching, and one of the best films of the year. Growing up in a bourgeois house in 1981 Lima, 8 year old Cayetana spends a lot of time with herself. She is perhaps the most serious little girl seen on screen in a long time, idolizing Peruvian independence heroes from the past, focusing in particular on how they met their end. Dream sequences are delved into sporadically at first but more frequently as the film goes on. Beautifully shot with simple, poetic metaphors, these moments, like the rest of the "Bad Intentions," have a wonderful sense of humor about themselves. Lurking in the background of the story are the attacks of the communist guerrilla group The Shining Path. The film could very well work as an allegory for feelings of ambivalence towards an uncertain future, but it's just another layer to the story, and even if you're not up on Peruvian history, there is still much to enjoy. Emphasizing humanism over politics, "Bad Intentions" impresses at the final scene which finds Cayetana dealing with something in an unexpected way. In only two years, THE BAD INTENTIONS (2011) has won many international awards and was selected to represent Peru at the 2013 Academy Awards in the race for the Best Foreign Language Oscar (Written by James Rocchi, movie is PG –Parental Guidance Suggested.

Movie Trailer: Las Malas Intenciones / The Bad Intentions

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