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Hostage of an Illusion (2012)

Rehén de ilusiones (original title)
Pablo, an over-the-hill novelist, is haunted by the characters from his books, who are angry that he won't continue to write their lives.

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Daniel Fanego ...
Pablo
Romina Ricci ...
Laura
Atilio Pozzobon ...
Quiroga (as Atilio Pozzobón)
Monica Gonzaga ...
Magdalena (as Mónica Gonzaga)
Ricardo Merkin ...
Martin
Gustavo Jalife ...
Periodista
Claudio Torres ...
Portero
Viviana Piccolo ...
Vecina
Vito Pensa Piccolo ...
Niño vecina
Romeo Pensa Piccolo ...
Niño vecina
Silvia Marta Balcells ...
Rosa Quiroga
Ana María Ambas ...
Tia de Laura
Corina Romero ...
Empleada doméstica
Daniel Rossi ...
Militar discurso
Juan Carlos Viva ...
Cura
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Pablo is a 60 years old writer. He meets by chance an ex pupil, Laura. Now, she is an attractive 35 years old woman. She was very much in love with him, when he was her professor at college. Now, she bursts into his life, as a passionate lover. He rediscovers his sexuality and the illusion of being young once more. But Laura seems to suffer a psychotic brake. She feels chased by the porter and militarism from the neighboring barracks. Laura is put in an asylum, but from time to time, Laura will appear and disappear, becoming someone ethereal, like a picture from an unrecoverable youth. Written by Anonymous

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Disturbing Argentinian drama
14 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's concerning to find how little of Subiela's work, which is usually coupled with the idea of Magic Realism, has reached us.

REHEN DE ILUSIONES begins subdued for this director with the only early fantasy sequence the eerie characters petitioning academic Fanego to have their stories written and him taking what prove to be their blank sheets of paper. However the plot proper, with his former student Ricci achieving her old ambition to become his lover and revealing a disturbed personality the extent of which he is trying to gage, is subtler and more menacing than the earlier films, with the shadow of the county's military past intruding.

Subdued color and expert, unostentatious handling, with a vivid characters played by non star types.


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