La Rabia

83 minutes

With its opening disclaimer—“The animals in this film lived and died as they normally would”—this Argentinean drama about the brutality of life on the pampas signals that it's not for the squeamish. Director Albertina Carri opens with a boy bashing a sackful of baby weasels against a tree before tossing them into a pond, and assorted other animals are done in as well. An extended scene of a squealing sow being slaughtered is distressing but also fascinating for the methodical precision of those readying the animal for consumption. Numerous scenes of cruel, raw, adulterous sex and of children being beaten reinforce Carri's grim view of farm life. In Spanish with subtitles.

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