There have been plenty of movies made about movies and movie-making, some of which play with what's real and what's not, fracturing time, place and reality. But none, I think, have done it quite to the extent that Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay manages in his new V.O.S. (which signifies "version original, subtitled" and is Spain's most-used designation for an "art film."
Señor Gay (shown below) seems to be simultaneously making fun of and having fun with art films and romantic comedies, and perhaps asking us why these can't be -- at least once in awhile -- one in the same? He's also forcing us to consider the difference between living and acting -- aren't we often (maybe always) doing both? The whole world is a movie set here, from the hospital in which a birth begins the film to apartments, country homes, highways and more. Even the movie set is a movie set, of course, or he couldn't be filming it. Ohmigod, will all this artifice, these Russian dolls and Chinese boxes, never end?!
ally into the realm of fantasy. (My favorite moment involves an out-
door snow scene that comes suddenly indoors -- an utterly enchan-
ting expression of what it's like to realize you are in love, and how bizarre this can look to an outsider who isn't feeling the same way.) His cast is quite good and quite photogenic, as well: Àgata Roca (shown above, right, who bears a resemblance to Leonore Watling) and Vicenta N'Dongo (center, left) as the ladies, Andrés Herrera (center, right) and Paul Berrondo (at left) as the guys.