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The Paranoids (2008)

Los paranoicos (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 22 January 2010 (USA)
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Luciano works in birthday parties and writes his first feature when friend Manuel returns from Spain to repeat his TV show, "The Paranoids", together with his girl Sofia. Manuel is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luciano Gauna
Martín Feldman ...
Martin Sherman
Walter Jakob ...
Manuel Sinovieck
Jazmín Stuart ...
Veronica Perdomo ...
Cecilia Gispert ...
Wu-Chao Ting ...
Daniel Jeng ...
Hijo de Wonk
Fausto Collado ...
Maria Carolina Guzman ...
Miguel Dedovich ...
Jorge Booth ...
Daniel Gorga ...
Mozo Restaurant
Susana Falcone ...
Sacha Manuel Requena ...


Luciano works in birthday parties and writes his first feature when friend Manuel returns from Spain to repeat his TV show, "The Paranoids", together with his girl Sofia. Manuel is everything he is not and his trying to be helpful in his career and with women, only worsens the conflict. When Manuel leaves Sofia with Luciano for two days, she is seduced by the qualities Manuel rejects in his friend as weaknesses. Sofia changes. Luciano also, but only at the last moment he can overcome the fears he has been cultivating his whole life. Written by aerokong

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The story is loosely based on a personal experience of writer/director Gabriel Medina with friend and fellow student at film school 'Damián Szifrón'. See more »


When Sherman arrives at the apartment, Sofia and Luciano are drinking beer in the kitchen. They put their beers down and go to the door. When they return, Sofia picks up Luciano's beer and drinks it. See more »


Written by Marcel Gabriel Blanco, Julian Marcelo Zamilajfer, Julian Srabstein, Lisa Cafullo and Ignacio Rodriguez Baiguera
Performed by Doris
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Fun, despite being a little obvious
23 June 2011 | by (garbanzo) – See all my reviews

'The Paranoids' is an indie film from Argentina about two friends who are scriptwriters. Luciano is extremely passive and fearful, and is struggling both socially and professionally, while Manuel is a more aggressive and typically 'successful' guy. It is a source of tension that the latter one has created a TV series based on the former one, without first consulting with him. But it is an attractive girl, named Sofia, who most affects the dynamics of their friendship. This is one of those stories where the audience find themselves rooting for the underdog.

The film is fairly watchable, although it could use a little more subtlety and character development (especially for Manuel and Sofia). The photography is nice and the soundtrack is a very cool collection of rock and electronic music, likely from Argentina. 'The Paranoids' reminds me a bit of 'Reality Bites', which has a similarly hip, MTV feeling, only this one has a distinct Latin American urban flavor.

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