I Stay with You

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    I Stay with You

    Me quedo contigo

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2015

    99 min

    • Spanish

    Comedy, Horror

    IFF Rotterdam

    It all starts off lightly enough, with Spanish Natalia arriving in Mexico to visit her boyfriend. But don't get too comfortable: when she and a group of wild chicks meet an unsuspecting cowboy, the film takes a dark turn. A shocking commentary on violence in Mexico, in which the male and female roles are reversed. Giggling girls who secretly feed a macho man Viagra might sound pretty funny. But is it really? Spanish Natalia arrives in Mexico following an invitation from her boyfriend Esteban (played by Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN star Diego Luna). But it turns out he has left town on a job. His female friends pick Natalia up, dragging her along in their wild lifestyle. I STAY WITH YOU starts out as an innocent comedy with rich girls having carefree fun. Gradually, however, the film undergoes a transformation, ending in dark sadism. Artist Artemio Narro has made a number of installations and videos on the subject of violence. His first fiction feature is not only a commentary on the ever-present violence in Mexico, but also on how we see violence. The changing tone of the film and an ingenious turnaround in the battle of the sexes makes this film a confrontational experience.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Beatriz Arjona
    Ximena González-Rubio
    Edwarda Gurrola
    Anajose Aldrete
    Iván Arana
    Jose Maria de Tavira
    Diego Luna
    Screenplay
    Artemio Narro
    Cinematography
    Renata Gutierrez
    Editing
    Artemio Narro
    Diego Fenton
    Sales
    STRAY DOGS
    Production
    EL LLANERO SOLITARIO
    Production
    CUARTO PARA LAS DOCE
    Production
    ENDIMIA

    Press

    It is twisted, clever and extremely bold film and one that demands grim viewing.

    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

    The film's mode of observational drama fixed more on the circumstances of the ceremony invoking the dark side in the female psyche rather than the acts themselves, avoids the usual tropes of exploitation and offers a steady gaze at the ritual of emasculation.

    Martin Kudlac, Twitch Film

    Artemio Narro

    Artemio Narro

    Mexico

    Artemio Narro (1976, Mexico) is a self-taught filmmaker living and working in Mexico City. His first feature-length film project, a horror film titled I STAY WITH YOU, came about with financial support from more than fifty international artists. The film had its world premiere in IFF Rotterdam.