PENUMBRA Trailer: Solar Eclipse Creates Tension in an Argentine Apartment

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PENUMBRA Trailer: Solar Eclipse Creates Tension in an Argentine Apartment

As I wrote when it screened at Fantastic Fest, "no movie is set unintentionally on the day of a solar eclipse, and that includes Penumbra, the new movie from Adrián and Ramiro García Bogliano. Like Cold Sweat, their immediate predecessor, Penumbra takes place in and around an aging apartment building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But the similarities end there (except for a little 'oil on woman' action)."

High-powered Margarita Sanchez travels from Spain to deal with business in South America, but she's none too happy to be there, since she considers Buenos Aires to be a cesspool, making its residents rats -- or something worse. Before she flees home, she wastes precious time trying to rent her family's old apartment. As the minutes stretch into hours, and more strangers begin appearing, the tension in the air becomes palpable.

it takes a while for things to ramp up, but that gives us time to get to know Margarita, and the pay-off is worth the wait. Penumbra opens in limited release in the U.S. on April 20, and will also be available widely via various Video On Demand platforms. The new U.S. trailer sells it quite effectively.

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r0rschachMarch 30, 2012 2:06 PM

I respectfully disagree, the payoff (not the term I'd choose for the cliched and tedious ending) is not even close to being worth the wait. If you prefer your thrillers with completely frustrating, irrational characters that willingly choose to stay in bad situations despite dozens of GIANT FLASHING NEON WARNING SIGNS, this is the flick for you. The movie is a complete bore from start to finish and I think even the most hardcore genre fans will be fine skipping this one.

Joe YoungMarch 30, 2012 2:08 PM

Well....looks like a mix between Rosemary's Baby (1968) & Pacific Heights (1990)....but I haven´t seen Cold Sweat yet.

Nice trailer though.....I want to see this.