Lion’s Den (DVD Review)27 Nov, 2009 By: Billy Gil
Box Office $0.01 million
Lion’s Den, a grim and difficult film from Argentina, puts the viewer directly through the plight of a young woman imprisoned under mysterious circumstances.
Julia is detained when police find her boyfriend murdered and his lover, Ramiro, badly wounded in her apartment with little in the way of explanation. Rather than focus on the question of her guilt, the film delves into how pregnant Julia deals with her imprisonment, the birth of her child and the relationship that develops between her and fellow prisoner (and mother) Martha, as the women struggle to raise their children in the worst of places.
At times Lion’s Den feels exploitative. The first part of the film is a little like a female version of “Oz.”
However, Lion’s Den is not without merit. The production is strong, the portrayals feel realistic and the naturalistic acting add to the documentary-style feel of the film. Julia, as played by beautiful Martina Gusman, is an eruptive enigma you can’t take your eyes off.
Rodrigo Santoro (300) puts in a strong supporting performance as well as the deceitful Ramiro. Fans of bleak prison stories and films that delve into complex women’s issues may find revelations within Lion’s Den.