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Witty original idea badly carried out
GitanillaOZ from Australia
15 February 2011
An enjoyable comedy with a thin plot by young Spanish director Borja
This is the story of Chema -played by Gorka Otxoa-, a looser nice guy,
the sort of guy that women find adorable as a friend but never as a
boyfriend, i.e. a "pagafantas"- who falls for the sweet, independent
and illegal Argentinean Claudia -played by Sabrina Garciarena- who
thinks he's... her best friend.
The story is fresh and funny, the characters likable, the premise and
storyline promising. The linking sections about the mating
characteristics of the human species are truly entertaining and witty,
and some of the situations in which the characters are placed are
funny. The two leading actors are OK in their respective roles,
especially Garciarena. However, I found much more interesting to watch
the supporting actors: Oscar Ladoire as Uncle Jaime, Kiti Manver as
Chema's mother Gloria, and Julian Lopez as Chema's best friend.
To me, the main problem with the film is that the script gets stuck
half way, due to the lack of ideas regarding where to take the story of
the leading couple, and the viewer feels that the movie has ended
before it does. In fact, the end of the movie is a reflection of the
inability of the scriptwriters to put closure to the same. I thought
that the movie would have made a terrific short-film, not a full-length
one. I found the role of Mrs Begona -played by an uninspired Maria
Asquerino- completely superfluous, as she's not funny nor has any
purpose in the story.
The movie is not good enough but it has glimpses of talent and
savoir-faire, proof of Cobeaga's promising future.
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