The Gutter’s Own Carol Borden watches Huesera: The Bone Woman (Mexico-Peru, 2022)

The Gutter’s own Carol watches Michelle Garza Cervera’s Huesera and liked it! “Huesera: The Bone Woman (Mexico-Peru, 2022) was not what I expected. It’s Queerer and more Punk. From the trailers and stills I had expected it to be about pregnancy and the traps of domesticity. I had expected something along the lines of Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2016), Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (2016), Kate Dolan’s You Are Not My Mother (2021) or even Emily Harris’s The Wind (2018) with its demon and grief about miscarriage–something with more body horror and possibly even a sinister baby or monstrous mother. Directed by Michelle Garza Cervera and co-written by her with Abia Castillo, Huesera has many of these things….But Huesera‘s main character Valeria…also struggles with her existential realization that, as she sings in a flashback to her Queer punk days, “I don’t like domestication.”

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