“LUCIFERINA”— Religion, Innocence, Repressed Sexuality and Evil




Religion, Innocence, Repressed Sexuality and Evil

Amos Lassen

Argentinean director Gonzalo Calzada brings us a visually explosive film where  religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novitiate who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to go with them into the jungle in search of mystical plant. However, they find a  world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. 

This is both a drama and a black comedy that is set in Buenos Aires as it is being devastated by yellow fever and with the legend of San La Muerte hovering in the atmosphere. This is actually the first movie about demonic possessions and satanic rites to come out of Argentina.

Luciferina has as a letter of introduction a set of possessions and transformations that are both terrifying and intense and we begin to realize that this is really not a comedy and the devil is a serious character. Luciferina follows the story of Natalia (Sofía Del Tuffo), a novitiate who is confined in a convent. This situation will not last long, because at the beginning of the film we learned that her mother committed suicide and his father died. She does not fit what a nun should be and she is forced to leave the convent and when she gets home, she finds her sister.

Despite refusing to leave, the responsible nuns force her to leave the place, and this is how Natalia leaves the convent returning home, where she will meet Ángela (Malena Sánchez), her sister.

Natalia might be an introverted character but she has a special gift that allows her to see the inner light of people. The other girls at the convent have many hidden secrets and Angela wants to discover them once and for all. That is why she plans a trip to an island of Tigre with the group of friends that accompany her, where they will experiment with the ancient rite originating from Ayahuasca, provided by a shaman (Tomás Lipán). Natalia does not want to know anything, but circumstances force her to join the others on their trip.

“Luciferina” becomes the story of a group of young people facing unknown demonic forces. It is a well-made film that not only scares the viewer but presents a fascinating plot. It is very difficult to summarize and even review a film like this without giving something away.