Written April 22, 2013
With the exception of director, Ana Piterbarg. Obscure, obtuse, buried in boredom: Viggo Mortensen characterizes twin brothers (“Agustin”/”Pedro”) plainly, diminished in the womb, they flounder in their professional and personal lives; empty vessels, blessed with substantial female companions.
The film is set in Buenos Aires, plus a depressed island in the Delta; Agustin cloaks himself in the guise of his brother, Pedro, and the nonsensical scenario of crime, subterfuge, malfeasance is dumped upon a naive audience who ventured into this flick to witness Mortensen’s proficiency, loquaciousness in the Spanish tongue; receiving a passing grade in Spanish 101, but unworthy of viewer attendance.
ONE & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written November 17, 2012
This Argentinean movie features a simple story, well told, excellent acting, and Viggo Mortensen turns in another brilliant performance. The action slow builds as rivals from youth have different ideas about life and how to live it. A sub plot is a love story, which involves a young woman being bounced between them. Interesting to see the back waters with its lush vegetation in a part of Argentina that most tourists will never see.
Written November 20, 2012
The intelligent plot has all the elements for a true entertainment movie, but when the situations unfold the film ends up in a long boring, brutal disconnected story with a very poor dialog.
Written November 18, 2012
We did not like this movie at all! So dark and depressing but not even with a plot that could grab you or interest you. The direction and pace of the film were too slow. The story did not make any sense at all. Is such shame that an actor of the caliber of Vigo Mortensen got involved in this awful project. Very disappointing! maria
Written November 18, 2012
The form of the story is a "Classical" Tragedy. I was most impressed to see the rage of the characters, so adeptly played just below the surface for the majority of the film. I feel this is a remarkable first film from director Ana Piterbarg. The story is a challenging one to direct, but you'd never know it was her first one given her subtle hand. The film is beautifully acted and shot. The performances of Viggo Mortensen and Soledad Villamil are riveting. Villamil in particular shows you every layer of feeling as the betrayed wife, while Mortensen's performance as twin brothers is sublime. The audience has no problem seeing the two brothers in the actor's performances, and both characters are played with surprising range. Mortensen plays Augustin so vulnerable and beaten down.
Go see it, but expect foreign film sensibilities.