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100 minutes

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
A young nail technician (Kisha Burgos) is both frightened and excited by the violent sex she overhears in the apartment next to hers, and even climbs out on her window ledge to spy on the husband and wife going at it. After the wife disappears, the heroine is swept into a similarly rough relationship with the husband (Ivan Camilo) and begins to suspect him of having murdered his spouse. With all the creepy S-M overtones, this erotic thriller from Puerto Rico initially reminded me of Michael Rowe’s disturbing Mexican feature Leap Year (2010), but eventually it settles into the more mundane did-he-or-didn’t-he dynamic of such Hollywood chestnuts as Gaslight and Suspicion. Ari Maniel Cruz directed; the dialogue shifts continually from English to Spanish, both subtitled.

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