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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Humour, political side swipes and an original use of the medium

Author: aleimdorfer from London
9 October 2003

It's genuinely funny, makes enough ( but not too much) of the contemporary Cuban situation for the film to have value beyond the immediate plot-line, but most of all, its an intriguing take on the film medium. A little bit like what Godard was aiming at with "Tout va bien" but with a much less pretentious result. A really clever twist on the grey area between fiction/reality (film/making a film).

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Lively but mainly laughless comedy with a lot of gags that remind you "it's only a movie"

Author: J. Spurlin from United States
14 May 2000

Someone is throwing eggs at the superstitious Concha, and it could be anyone, including her scientist daughter-in-law or the taxi driver with whom she has fallen in love.

"Plaff!" (the title refers to the splat sound of the eggs) is an ineptly-made, micro-budgeted comedy which makes light of its own ineptitude and low budget – resulting, unfortunately, in only one or two funny gags. Happily, the actors commit to their characters even while facing the camera crew in the mirror, confronting a crew member with a clapboard, or screaming at someone off-camera for a necessary prop. It's also interesting to see how much fun director Juan Carlos Tabío dares (or is allowed) to poke at Cuba's bureaucracy and general living conditions.

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