DVD Review: Penumbra

Not a good idea to step on folks to get your way all the time.  Just ask Marga.  She’s trying to find a new tenant for her family’s apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She looks down on the Argentine people.  They’re Latino, of course.  But, they’re not from Spain.  She’s from Barcelona.

“Penumbra” is a bizarre horror thriller that constantly asks, “If you were a little nicer, would you be in so much trouble now?”  Marga (Cristina Brondo) is in plenty of trouble, and she doesn’t even know it.

Marga bulls her way through the leasing process, but something is really strange about the realtor (Berta Muniz) she meets outside the door of the apartment.  The tale gets even stranger when a few of the realtor’s associates show up.

There are several reasons to stay with “Penumbra” until the bloody end.  Brondo makes this bitch-on-wheels likeable.  She is a remarkable actress.  And, the directors (Garcia Bogliano brothers) know how to build suspense.  I really wanted to know how this whole thing ends.  And, I wasn’t disappointed.  C’est bizarre!  Grade: B

Fast Facts:

Street Date: August 28, 2012

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Distributed by IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group