THE FILM CRITIC (El Critico), the new movie from first-time Argentine writer/ director Hernán Guerschuny, will fill you in. First of all, the lucky souls shown here get coffee and a light breakfast to go with their film screenings. When Trust Movies first began covering new releases for the now-defunct Greencine, there was at least coffee at certain venues. With budgets continuing to tighten, we now get nada but the movie itself -- and we can't even bring a guest, as in the old days. But no complaining, please. We're fortunate to view films for free, even if most of us no longer get paid for our time and trouble.
Rafael Spregelburd, above -- fall in love without actually knowing he is doing this, so little inclined to the endeavor has he been throughout the course of his life. This may be, in fact, and probably is, his "first time."
Dolores Fonzi, above, left), who appears to have rented an apartment that he himself had hoped to obtain. The more we learn about Sofia the less we actually know, which keeps us, as well as our pompous but somehow loveable hero, rather off-balance.
Leonardo Sbaraglia playing himself, is quite delightful.)
Ignacio Rogers), the work of whom Victor's words have recently bludgeoned. This plot strand, along with that of Victor's help concerning his needy niece (Telma Crisanti, above) combine to fine, fulsom effect by the finale. His climax and denouement, in fact, could hardly be better -- upending conventions while still allowing for maybe a little... hope.
Music Box Films -- in Spanish and French with English subtitles and running just 98 minutes -- the work opens Friday, May 15, here in New York City at the Cinema Village and in Los Angeles on May 22 at Laemmle's Music Hall 3.