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¿De quién es el portaligas? (2007)

Rosario, Argentina, the 80's. The story of three girl friends in their twenties, Julieta, Leonora y Romina, who have crazy rock-groupies lives, that get involved in a bizarre mafia chantage, after Leonora falls in the hospital.


Fito Páez
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Julieta Cardinali ... Juli
Romina Ricci ... Romi (as Romina Richi)
Leonora Balcarce Leonora Balcarce ... Leo
Gonzalo Aloras Gonzalo Aloras ... Gonzalo
Darío Grandinetti ... Norman
Verónica Llinás Verónica Llinás ... Nucha
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Fabiana Cantilo Fabiana Cantilo ... Psicoanalista
Lía Crucet Lía Crucet ... Camarera Alemana
Lito Cruz ... El Tano
Fena della Maggiora Fena della Maggiora ... Gino
Roberto Fontanarrosa Roberto Fontanarrosa
Horacio Fontova Horacio Fontova ... Brujo
Duilio Marzio ... Comodoro
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Rosario, Argentina, the 80's. The story of three girl friends in their twenties, Julieta, Leonora y Romina, who have crazy rock-groupies lives, that get involved in a bizarre mafia chantage, after Leonora falls in the hospital.

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20 September 2007 (Argentina) See more »

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Rosario, Argentina


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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Although the director has never revealed to the public the riddle about "whose garter belt is this", everything seems to indicate that he presents it in the film itself using numerical clues in the style of Peter Greenaway. Around 88:32, in a tense atmosphere of complicit looks inside an elevator, the Puma (Marcos Martinez) can be seen wearing a sleeveless with the number "12" next to Gonzalo. At 101:05 the title of the next flashback scene that gives rise to the whole story is shown: "Alemania 1986". This scene takes place in a German hotel where at 102:02 you can see Gonzalo wearing a shirt with the number "74" while receiving the garter belt that he puts in his suitcase for the return trip. If the director deliberately chose the numbers on the shirts so that the sum coincides with the year '86 of the garter belt, he would be telling us that the garter belt was in some way shared by the two boys. See more »


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21 October 2007 | by jpschapiraSee all my reviews

What a genius Fito Páez…He's the only one who can make a film like this one, because he's not a genius of cinema, he's a genius of music. However, he didn't even make the music of this movie; Gonzalo Aloras, his guitarist, did. And I'm going to mention that Fito also gave the male lead to Aloras, a guy who had never acted before…You can easily tell.

But what is "De quién es el portaligas?". That is hard to tell. The memories of three girlfriends (Julieta Cardinali, Romina Ricci, Leonora Balcarce) about something that happened in the past but seems very unclear. This is the purpose of the film, which that doesn't present a believable reason for its existence and is not enough for a full-length feature, but it is enough for Fito to show us his dear Rosario and the places he used to go when he was young.

And that's it. The question that the title asks (about female clothing) has no answer, and these mentioned memories suddenly turn into something like dreams; or in Argentinean words, everything becomes a 'quilombo'. That said, this can only happen to Fito, whose direction is not focused and who tries to put every musical style in an incoherent soundtrack (boleros, tangos, rock, pop and even a couple of his songs) that culminates in a scene you would see in a 'western'…That scene it's actually worth seeing if you like Fito.

I'm still thinking if all this disorganization was planned, intentional. I couldn't figure it out, because a mob boss played by Fena della Maggiora appears and the plot stops being understandable, some cuts to black are decisively out of place and some predictable moments are more than ridiculous; but…The performance by della Maggiora is really good, between the cuts to black there are moments of true laughter (the healthy laughter) and the other ridiculous moments are filled by an unexplainable feeling of nostalgia.

This is the feeling that comes from Fito's camera, and the feeling that keeps us watching until the end of the movie. A movie that's well informed, with references to Cassavetes and Antonioni, with great performances by Dario Grandinetti and Lito Cruz in two unexpected characters, a fantastic evocation of a "cheta" (Argentinean word for someone who has money and acts stupidly) by Cardinali and a Romina Ricci who simply steals the show.

"De quién es el portaligas?" is, in the end, delirious (if you want to choose one word); like Fito Páez. Again, it's something you should watch if you like the guy or if you have a deep connection with the city of Rosario. The Almodóvar style and references? You can see them in a couple of shots and in the taxi driver talking to one of the characters, but it's not what Fito wanted to do or be.

It's a shame I haven't seen Fito's other movie, "Vidas Privadas"; I would have written about this film with a different perspective. I'll rent it soon.

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