Saturday, August 17, 2013
EL ESTUDIANTE is one surprisingly engulfing movie, though it will please the most, I suspect, audiences who already have an interest in and appreciation for both political theory and the way that politics works -- or doesn't -- in the real world.
Santiago Mitre (shown at left and up to now best known as a screenwriter who has collaborated often with Pablo Trapero), this multi-awarding-winning movie from 2011 tracks the budding career of a young university student, Roque, who quickly becomes part of a political group at his school, the better to make friends, fit in and get some quick and reliable sex going. As played by Esteban Lamothe, below, our non-hero is relatively inscrutable and prefers to keep it that way. Good-looking but nothing special, savvy but private regarding his real interests, he would seem to fit right in with politics as we know it: full of lies, betrayals, theft and the occasional help/favor, always with a price tag attached.
Valeria Correa, above, center) with another fellow, Roque does the same with one of his student teachers, Paula (Romina Paula, below, recently seen in the wonderful Viola), an activist with good connections to some higher-ups that prove quite helpful for our boy.
Ricardo Felix, below right), who is looked up to by just about all the students of his political persuasion.
Mark Sanford, no? I'm not sure I buy the film's final bit of finagling, because wouldn't the finagled person easily know what had happened and who had done it? Maybe that is actually the point, for the power position has suddenly moved again.
Cinema Tropical and Alpha Violet, and running 110 minutes -- opens this coming Thursday, April 22, at MoMA for a week-long run. Click here to see all playdates, venues and times.