This is more than just another funny movie. It definitely is funny, and I laughed continually along with the rest of the audience from the opening sequence right up to the end. As I left the theater, I noticed people standing around and chatting about the movie and still laughing. The group I saw it with discussed it for nearly an hour. We relived lots of the funny parts but also pondered its serious dimensions. Its humor is a response to life's fragility and unpredictability. Like Trueba's Belle Epoque, it is a cinematographic carpe dieman invitation to pack as much joy as possible into a life that is absurd and fleeting. The humor is not black humor, however. It is joyful, although its joy is framed in darkness. Unlike Belle Epoque, whose historical setting makes its darkness less immediately apparent, Ciudad en celo is set in contemporary Buenos Aires and shows people coping with current situations. Its portrayal of Buenos Aires is touching and right on target. It captures the soul of the city. The movie is also visually and orally engaging. The tangos Dolores Sola sings are haunting. Other scenes make effective use of barely audible music. The camera work is excellent, as are all the performances. I am a big fan of Spanish and Latin American cinema and especially like Argentine movies. Although Spain has recently made some excellent comedies, the genre is underdeveloped in Latin America. This film is a welcome step toward filling the gap. I hope it starts a trend.
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