Cine Las Americas 2012
By Don Simpson | April 29, 2012
Director: Pablo Illanes
Writer: Pablo Illanes
Starring: Ingrid Isensee, Patricia López, Claudia Burr, Kiki Rojo, Francisca Merino, Sofía García, Álvaro Gómez, Pablo Krögh, Nicolás Alonso, María José Illanes, Berta Lasala, Renato Illanes, Jesús Porres, Isidora Cabezón
Hopefully the sweet, unassuming title of this film will not lure any unsuspecting rom-com fans into its violent clutches; because while Baby Shower is set up like a cheesy telenovela, it is at its heart a slasher pic. Ángela (Ingrid Isensee) has invited her best friends to her secluded country home for a low key baby shower. Despite the beauty and tranquility of her new home, Ángela’s friends do not understand why she abandoned her vibrant and convenient life in the city; for example, there are no hospitals or pharmacies around and of course there is no cell phone reception. Ángela has befriended a local spiritual group and plans to birth her twins naturally with the guidance of a doula. Of course this leads her friends to wonder: Why has Ángela turned into a peaceful, new age, yoga freak? Well, Ángela has just discovered that her husband is packing his bags to run away with one of her best friends. The baby shower is essentially just a ploy to uncover which of these four ladies is the horny bitch who stole Ángela’s husband.
Somewhere along the way, the baby shower turns into a blood bath of nonsensically astronomic proportions. The justification for the murders is to dispel the world of hate. In other words, Ángela’s friends are being punished for the poor choices that they have made. It also seems as though the local new age cult believes that Ángela’s twins are the prophets for their religion. None of this logic actually works though. Let’s just say the strength of Pablo Illanes’ Baby Shower is definitely not in its plot, character development or acting — it is in the creatively gruesome ways that the characters die.