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Thursday, March 16, 2017

'Eva Doesn't Sleep' DVD: Surreal Portrait Picking Up Where 'Evita' Leaves Off

New York-based foreign movie god Film Movement offers one of its best regarding the October 2016 DVD release of the highly stylized 2015 Argentinian docudrama "Eva Doesn't Sleep." Writer/director Pablo Aguero puts such an odd and compelling spin on the story of the travels of the corpse of Eva Peron (a.k.a. Evita) following the 1952 death of that genuine Argentinian idol that "The Hollywood Reporter" aptly describes the film as "kinky, creepy, and revolutionary."

The following YouTube clip of the Movement trailer for "Eva" perfectly showcases the kink, the creep factor, and the element of revolution in both subject and depiction of the film subject.

The opening voiceover narration quickly establishes that the military officer who introduces the connected short films that comprise "Eva" is not a fan of this woman. As is the case throughout, he then explains how she impacts the culture and the government of Argentina during both her life and her death. One spoiler is that it easily can be said that hers is a face that launches 100 battles,

The first story begins with the young daughter of a woman cleaning the area in which Eva lies in state believing that she sees this historic figure move. This leads to "The Embalmer," which is a very creepy tale of a mortician preparing the body of Eva in what one hopes is an unusual fashion.

We then move ahead a few years to a senior military officer and a young soldier transporting this highly symbolic corpse. This arguably is the best segment and easily the one with the strongest vibe of being a stage play. Both a snag during the mission and the soldier overstepping his bounds leads to a confrontation that includes literally comparing battle scars.

Rapidly jumping to the late '60s finds a general being held captive for the purpose of divulging the location of the body of Peron. This one has depth both regarding the seemingly constant political and military turmoil in Argentina and the extent to which Peron still influences that country more than 15 years after passing away. The primary creepiness this time comes in the form of a sense that Peron has a very active role in this interrogation.

This amazing story aptly wraps up with a tale of where Peron ultimately finds her final resting place. Suffice it to say that this seemingly impacts Argentina as much as her passing several years earlier.

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