In The Quarry…
Playing as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, In The Quarry (En El Pozo) is an uneasy study in relationships, outsiderism and the role violence plays into masculinity through bravado and jealousy, shown through a microcosm of four people.
On hot day Alicia (Silva) has invited her current boyfriend Bruno (Gordillo) to hang out with her friends Tincho (Beltrán) and Tola (Pazos) from her small town, at their old haunt – an abandoned quarry that is basically now a swimming hole. The fly in the ointment is that Alicia is having an affair Tincho as well… as the day wears on the chat between the four moves slowly from small talk to thinly veiled threats. As the day heats up, so does the tension.
Bernardo Antonaccio & Rafael Antonaccio create some really uncomfortable scenes, one of those cases where what isn’t being said is where the tension lays. Bruno is a jealous boyfriend, Tincho is hardly hiding his attraction to Alicia. It all bubbles away, the guys flinting off each other with Bruno essentially calling Tincho and Tola hicks, with a comment about how fishing is for peasants and is cruel, a comment that pays off so well later in the film.
When the tension boils over, it doesn’t really come as a surprise but the turn that happens is sudden and jarring. The jarring change is as subtle as a sledgehammer and it is very obvious what the filmmakers are trying to say about violence and masculinity and how both of these things are entwined. There are a few moments are unnecessary cruelty, however I believe this maybe the point.
A film that is well directed, acted and shot, In The Quarry is nicely made slice of nasty social and gender politics, even if the message gets a little bit muddled.
Played as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78