Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Dependent (1969)

Directed by Leonardo Favio
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

A timid employee at a hardware store falls in love with a woman he sees standing in front of her house every night. She invites him inside one night where they sit in a courtyard and have strained conversations. He also meets her strange mother and handicapped brother who lurk in the background. He impatiently waits for the death of his elderly employer so they can get married and have a place to live. When it finally happens, his life in the dingy basement with her deranged relatives leads to an unexpected and tragic finale. Slow pacing, unemotional lead characters and illogical ending combine for an unsatisfying, if unabashedly strange, viewing experience.

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