DIR. Denisse Arancibia Flores
RUN-TIME. 94 mins
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
Deptford Cinema is proud to present the UK premiere of the Bolivian comedy LAS MALCOGIDAS (The Badly Fucked) by first time director Denisse Arancibia Flores.
Carmen (who lives with her grandmother Carmen and her brother Karmen) fights her family’s curse of never reaching an orgasm in ‘Las Malcogidas’, a caustic musical comedy that tells the story of a thirty-five-year-old woman in search of her first orgasm. In parallel, she struggles to lose weight and please her grandmother while trying to earn the money her brother needs for a sex change operation.
“Anchored by a message of body positivity and steadfast about debunking moralist prejudices surrounding female sexuality, the Bolivian independent comedy Las Malcogidas, which loosely translates to “the badly fucked women,” is a progressive trailblazer in the South American country, dealing head-on with subjects that some still consider taboo.
Multifaceted storyteller Denisse Arancibia Flores not only wrote and directed the movie, her debut, but also stars in the lead role of Carmen, a 35-year-old woman who’s endlessly criticized for being overweight. Every woman in her family is named Carmen and none of them have ever experienced an orgasm, thus her grandma explains she is destined to suffer from the family curse and never be sexually fulfilled.
Nonetheless, our heroine will defy the odds and take a shot at getting her neighbour Alvaro’s attention – her crush who is the lead singer in a local rock band. Boosting the plot’s already inclusive attitude, a storyline involving Carmen’s brother Honorio and his self-discovery as a transgender woman that chooses to retain her facial hair.
…the humour shines through as its most valuable distinction and its function as an antidote to body-shaming culture is extremely relevant.
Following its world premiere at Argentina’s Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), Las Malcogidas was released commercially in Bolivia in September of 2017 to great reviews and large audiences.” Carlos Aguilar - Remezcla.com
In Spanish with English subtitles