Baby Shower (2011) Movie Review
Director: Pablo Illanes
Writer: Pablo Illanes
Stars: Ingrid Isensee, Patricia Lopez and Claudia Burr
2.5 Out of 5
“Pagan bloodbath of what lengths a woman scorned will go.” Char Hardin
“We have the mission to save ourselves.”
Three (plus an assistant to one of the girlfriends) girlfriends join their friend Angela in the country for a baby shower. However, one of the 4 women is having an affair with Angela’s husband and she means to find out which one and confront her.
I found Baby Shower one night while on Netflix. Read the synopsis and pressed play. First strike against the film…subtitles. As most you know…I cannot stand subtitles! It has to be a very good film for me to read a film and sometimes it happens and I am glad that I had the opportunity to review the film. Baby Shower is in Spanish and I was seconds away from turning it off, when my friend sent me a Skype message to tell me about the film. So I read the film and I liked it. Ha-ha.
This is probably not for everyone, especially those who hate subtitles, but it had some really good moments and after watching read where the screenplay for the film was based on actual events in Chile. The squeamish should not watch, actually the squeamish shouldn’t read my reviews, as I love the bloody parts of a film and look forward to them. This one did not disappoint with bloody scenes. There are many.
Angela is one week away from delivering her twins she has planned to confront her girlfriends and tell them she overheard while waiting for a manicure, her husband was cheating on her. She tells them she knows they made a pact to protect the guilty woman and still the women will not confess. They say once the babies are delivered they will all talk about it then, that the stress isn’t good for Angela and her unborn babies. Angela becomes infuriated and tells them to all leave.
A woman comes to the house and has a calming effect over Angela and her appearance concerned the women. This strange woman with her long flowing muslin robe and long hair and earthy talk has put them on edge. Who is she? A mid-wive? It is uncertain, but she knows Angela and has told her in private that her children are part of a prophecy.
The women are again confronted by a distraught unbalanced Angela and ordered to leave, “I never want to see you again!” she screamed. But the women become ill after drinking hot tea and they start spewing blood and one of the 4 women disappears for a time. This is the point where all the bloody scenes come into play and the shit hits the fan!
The story doesn’t make sense at times and I wondered why I even finished it, but I wanted to know what happened to Angela, so I finished the film. It’s not great, but it’s not a total waste. The ending didn’t piss me off like the ending for Lovely Molly. So, if nothing is on some night and you want to know what happened to Angela…Baby Shower is streaming on Netflix. 2.5 Out of 5