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“Don't Look Down” (Spanish: “No mires para abajo”) is an Argentine romantic drama film directed by Eliseo Subiela. The film stars and . It explores themes of love, sexuality, and spiritual connection through the story of two young individuals discovering themselves and each other in an unusual and intimate way.

Plot:

The story follows Eloy (), a young man who is mourning the recent death of his father. He works in the family business of creating tombstones, which further adds to his somber existence. One night, Eloy sleepwalks and falls through a skylight into the bed of a young woman named Elvira (), who lives in the apartment below. Instead of reacting with alarm, Elvira calmly engages with Eloy, and the two embark on a journey of sexual and emotional exploration.

Elvira introduces Eloy to tantric sex, which emphasizes the spiritual and emotional connection between partners. Through their encounters, Eloy starts to heal from his grief and discovers new aspects of himself. The relationship between Eloy and Elvira becomes a transformative experience for both, as they navigate their desires, vulnerabilities, and the complexities of human intimacy.

Review:

“Don't Look Down” received mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for its bold and sensual exploration of intimacy and sexuality, with particular attention given to the chemistry between the lead actors, and . Their performances were seen as raw and authentic, contributing to the film's emotional depth.

Director Eliseo Subiela was commended for his poetic and visually evocative storytelling, creating a film that is both visually and emotionally engaging. The use of metaphysical and spiritual themes added a layer of complexity to the narrative, distinguishing it from more conventional romantic dramas.

However, some critics felt that the film's pacing was uneven and that the storyline occasionally drifted into melodrama. Despite these criticisms, “Don't Look Down” was appreciated for its unique approach to depicting love and human connection, making it a memorable entry in Subiela's body of work.

Awards:

“Don't Look Down” did not receive significant international awards but garnered attention at various film festivals. It was noted for its artistic direction and was praised in discussions about Latin American cinema for its daring and unconventional narrative.

Popularity:

“Don't Look Down” gained a modest following, particularly among fans of Latin American cinema and those interested in films that explore themes of sexuality and spiritual connection. While it did not achieve widespread mainstream success, it remains a notable film for its unique storytelling and evocative exploration of human intimacy.

The film's exploration of tantric sex and the emotional journey of the characters continue to resonate with viewers who appreciate films that delve into the complexities of love and self-discovery.

 

Directed by Eliseo Subiela
Written by Eliseo Subiela
Produced by Daniel Pensa
Starring


Cinematography Sol Lopatín
Edited by Marcela Sáenz
Music by Pedro Aznar
Release date
  • 7 March 2010
Running time
85 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

 

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