LAS MALAS LENGUAS

SWEET AND VICIOUS

By Juan Paulo LASERNA ARIAS

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Drama - Completed 2015

Manuela is the only daughter of wealthy Colombian parents and in a relationship with her yuppie boyfriend Mauricio, who cheats on her. As part of the Colombian elite, she appears to have every advantage in life but is completely unhappy, living a multitude of lies.

Festivals
& Awards

Ventana Sur 2015
Video Library
Los Angeles Film Festival 2015
Aruba International Film Festival 2015
IndieBo, Colombia 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juan Paulo LASERNA ARIAS
    • Writer(s)
    • Juan CAMILO BRIGARD
    • Producer(s)
    • Iván GARCÍA GRANADOS, Juan pablo LASERNA, Maja ZIMMERMANN
    • Synopsis
    • In an opulent study decorated with big game trophies, a zebra head hangs prominently. A young man, MAURICIO attempts to explain the poor creature's untimely death to his little sister; ‘Some animals are so fierce, so attached to their way of being that they would rather die than be domesticated... but there are others, like horses or ponies, that when you give them a sugar cube... they'll sell you their soul’. Behind them is Manuela listening, she is a beautiful 22-year-old girl, distressed by this observation. Circumstances will force her to decide; is she a pony or a zebra?

      MANUELA is an only child of wealthy, devoted and well-meaning parents who are part of Colombia’s high-society. She has an ambitious boyfriend and her best friend ADRIANA to confide in. Despite appearances, Manuela’s perfect smile is as superficial as the lifestyle for which she has been groomed. A secret love for Adriana boils inside of her and as the film progresses; the façade of her pristine life begins to crumble. The news of her unexpected pregnancy sets her on a collision course with her deepest desire and a society that keeps her in a mold she desperately wants to escape. When she finally begins to rebel against the social confinement of her elite upbringing, Manuela clashes against her family’s expectations for her future trajectory.

      Las Malas Lenguas is a Colombian film that breaks the silence about abortion and homosexuality in one of Latin America's most conservative societies. It gives unprecedented access into the world of Colombia's elite and through Manuela's journey it offers a glimpse of the maddening atmosphere created when modernity and wealth coexist with third world problems and sensibilities.
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