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Julio De Grazia
Silvia Prieto decides to change her life when she turns 27. She will start working as a waitress in a cafe, stop smoking marijuana and will buy a canary that really sings. She is determined to succeed. When her former husband Marcelo comes to see her, he hands her over a thousand dollars so that she can get by while she puts her life together. Silvia doesn't do things halfway. When she cooks chicken, she prepares at least four birds that she cuts into neat pieces and offer them to whoever happens to be near.
Marcelo runs into Brite, a pretty young woman seen at a corner distributing samples of detergent that also bears her name. When he asks for more than what she has given him already, she tells him she can't give him anymore. Marcelo, obviously feels attracted to her from the start.
When Silvia decides to take a week-end in Mar del Plata, she takes her canary. We see her sitting in an outdoor cafe. When an Italian tourist passes her table, he likes what he sees, so he decides to take a chance and sits next to her. It's windy, so he offers her his jacket, not before specifying it's an Armani. When she asks him for a cigarette, he offers to go and get some, and Silvia goes away with the man's jacket.
A few days later, Gabriel, an old school mate of Marcelo appears on the scene. He is an aspiring poet. Silvia offers him the Armani jacket, which in turn, he sells it to Marcelo. One day Silvia receives a strange phone call from the Italian tourist, who remembered her name and tells her there were only two Silvia Prietos in the phone book. This intrigues Silvia, who immediately calls the other, and she is not too nice to the woman. They eventually meet, but they have little in common.
This surprising film from Argentina deals with the new class of people living in the country. Martin Reijtman, the writer/director shows a talent for capturing the everyday situations in the film with perfect pitch. These people are not rich and they all are struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy. "Silvia Prieto" surprises in the way Mr. Reitjman incorporates the present situation of the country in the middle of everything.
The acting is good, in general. The ensemble cast of mainly young people gives us an impression they are these characters they are portraying. Liked Rosario Blefari, in the title role and Valeria Bertuccelli as Brita.
The film was presented by CUNY in their Cinematheque program. It shows a promising director, Martin Reijtman in a surprising movie that deals with all these disfranchised people living in the great city of Buenos Aries.
The film ends as several women, all Silvia Prieto, meet at the home of one of them to see what they have in common. We advise the viewer to stay tuned up to the end of the credits to see these women's view on their lives and society.
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