Trenque Lauquen Part 1

Directed by Laura Citarella

Mysteries hide inside other mysteries like Russian dolls in Laura Citarella’s Trenque Lauquen. 

In this sprawling epic, set over two parts, twelve chapters, and 260 minutes, an Argentinian city west of Buenos Aires plays home to the labyrinthine story of a missing woman whose disappearance provokes far more questions than answers. What begins as a search for Laura unfolds into varied, interconnected stories about, among other things, the secrets of lovers hidden inside library books, an enigmatic lake creature, the history of the land and its ecology, and one woman’s empowered self-discovery. 

Confusion is part of the equation here; the winding roads and tales of Trenque Lauquen are designed for meandering, for enjoying the discovery of riddles and puzzles, and for letting go of the need to make sense of it all. 

Trenque Lauquen is an epic yet intimate and playful, genre-fluid mystery formed of two-feature length parts, from Argentine auteur Laura Citarella and the El Pampero Cine collective. 

Trenque Lauquen Part 2 screens on Thu 21 Dec , 17:45.

Download the film programme notes written by Caitlin Quinlan here.

"compulsive and completely absorbing"

Little White Lies

"pure pleasure"

Financial Times

"this epic mystery is a remarkable achievement"

The Irish Times

"You might well find yourself hoping there’ll be a Part Three, so captivating has the story-telling become"

The Reviews Hub

129 minutes


Full English

Country of origin:
Argentina and Germany

Year of production:

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