AKA: Ano Bisiesto
Directed by: Michael Rowe
Starring: Monica del Carmen (Laura), Gustavo Sanchez Parra (Arturo), Marco Zapata (Raul)
Country: Mexico; Effed Up Mexican Films
Language: Spanish (Eng Subs); Effed Up Spanish Movies
Genres: Sexual-Violence against Women, BDSM-Roleplay, Self-Harm, Voyeur, Pissing
Plot – Spoilers:
Laura lives by herself in a small apartment in Mexico City, writing freelance articles for business magazines. Her loneliness is only punctuated by spying on her neighbors, bringing home one-night stands and conversations with her mother and brother that are soaked in lies about an active social life. She is so lonely, she has imaginary relationships with her neighbors and even masturbates to the couple next-door being casually intimate. And when she’s bored enough, she stubs out the community-driven ants that line her window panes, with a cigarette.
The year is a leap-year and Laura starts marking down the days to February 29, the 4th anniversary of her father’s death. A man who holds great significance in her life. It is strongly suggested he used to abuse her from when she was 12 and later left her their house following his death. Perhaps as compensation. Or as a reward. Maybe reward seems more fitting, because there seems to have been no atonement from him. And so, Laura carries this hollow pain that starts to manifest in her sexual life when she brings home Arturo, a wannabe actor. What begins as ass-slapping, morphs into harder areas, as she initially encourages the sexual violence to retain his interest in her. But later, to also fill the increasing void.