A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás
’ “La Flor
” opens this weekend from Grasshopper Film. Clocking in at over 13 hours across six “episodes,” “La Flor
” brings a whole new meaning to the concept of binge-watching. Each episode stars Elisa Carricajo
, Valeria Correa
, Pilar Gamboa
, and Laura Paredes
. It’s an epic of subplots within subplots, unexpected digressions, and genres on top of genres — from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller, a period piece, a remake of a French classic, and, finally, to something altogether metafictional.
Grasshopper promises a “wildly entertaining… adventure in scale and duration” — and quite possibly in patience as well. “La Flor
” earns its place among history’s very long movies, from Raúl Ruiz’s “Mysteries of Lisbon
,” Jacques Rivette
’s “Out 1
” and Bela Tarr’s “Sátántangó” to pretty much anything directed by Lav Diaz
, the modern master of slow cinema.
Originally, “La Flor