EVA DOESN'T SLEEP, from writer/ director Pablo Agüero (shown at left), Eva is back again. Or at least her corpse is, along with a good deal of history provided by newsreel footage and smartly written and staged drama that places that body front and center. In fact, I don't think we've witnessed a movie in which a corpse took so much part -- physically, emotionally, intellec-tually, politically -- since the terrific little revenge/ thriller sleeper from Spain, The Corpse of Anna Fritz was released earlier this year.
Adhering somewhat closely to fact (and then pulling a full-out fantasia on those facts), Senor Agüero begins by introducing us to a narrator in the midst of stealing Eva's corpse, an Argentine military man from the navy (Gael García Bernal) for whom this woman is everything worthless and slutty and yet who (as she does for just about everyone we meet in the movie) exerts an all-powerful pull nonetheless.
Imanol Arias) in the most visually compelling scenes in the film. These combine psychology, politics and beauty to simply amazing ends. We are taken from the height of Perón's early career to 1955, under the military dictatorship, when even the mention of Perón or Eva was forbidden.
Daniel Fanego, below), along with those who play his interrogators.
Film Movement and running just 85 minutes, this terrific little movie made its U.S. debut on home video this past week, and is now available on DVD, VOD and streaming via Netflix.