La Ciénaga: A family that came too close
A family house captured in its drowsiness and leisure
Where the sister and the housemaid
Share clothes, the same bed and room
There, everyone is used to express affection
Through the proximity of the bodies.
This is how Lucrecia Martel blurs frontiers and conventions
About family and brotherly relations.
Martel proposes a micro cosmos of suggestions,
Where the paternal figure rests in the arriving brother.
Home: Bed and bedrooms as spaces of interaction.
Mother’s room: where one drinks, dances, and gets together.
However in this women arcadia
the brother orbits around like a satellite,
indifferent in moments, center of attention in others.
A masculine being that puts order in the nature of intimacy.
Through him, an analogy is established,
about what means to go in and out of the motherly home:
Between the strange, hot, dark embrace of the mother
And the surroundings that limits it: cold and away from the bodies.
The baroque home against is counterpart, white and stylized.