Sex, lies and intrigue in the Nicaraguan heat.
Acclaimed auteur Claire Denis is in hypnotic form with this sultry, winding espionage thriller that seduced the Grand Prix jury at Cannes. Adapted from the 1980s Nicaragua of Denis Johnson’s novel and transplanted to the pandemic-hit present, Trish (Margaret Qualley), an American journalist, loafs around the bars of a Latin American city. Broke and desperate, she starts to exchange sexual favours for cash to midlevel authority figures. Then she falls for an enigmatic, handsome Englishman (Joe Alwyn) who seems like her best chance of escape. However, she soon realises that he may be in even greater danger than she is.
“An erotic and intimate political drama” (The Guardian)
“…laden with sex and intimacy in a way that doesn’t apologise for itself, and provides an alternate gloss for [Denis’] themes of power, bodies and postcolonial afterlives.” (The Film Verdict)
Grand Prix, Cannes 2022
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