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Official Competition film evaluation (2022)


Cruz performs Lola Cuevas, a scorching (in each sense) auteurist director. She’s been employed by a wealthy man named Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) who, within the movie’s opening scene, proclaims his want to go away some type of legacy past wealth. He initially considers paying for a bridge together with his title on it after which donating it to the federal government, however decides as an alternative to purchase the rights to a critically acclaimed work of literature and finance a movie adaptation. 

Humberto sheepishly admits to Lola that he is by no means learn the e book he paid a lot to amass and asks her to inform him the story throughout a gathering. Lola says it is about a few very aggressive brothers who turn into deeply estranged after the youthful one by accident kills their dad and mom throughout a drunk driving accident. The elder brother calls the police and the youthful finally ends up going to jail for a number of years. In the tip, they reconcile, and there are numerous twists alongside the way in which. But that story isn’t the movie’s focus. The focus is on what occurs when Lola invitations her two lead actors, Félix Rivero (Banderas, enjoying the youthful brother) and Iván Torres (Martinez, enjoying the elder brother) to affix her for 9 days of rehearsals.

The bulk of the movie observes Lola, Félix, and Ivan feeling out the characters, attending to know each other, projecting their neuroses onto one another and the fabric, and sometimes enjoying thoughts video games. Félix is a Banderas-like film star who has performed a variety of motion movie roles but additionally has earned quite a few awards for his ability at display appearing (together with two Golden Globes and 5 Goyas). He makes an awesome and ideal entrance, pulling as much as the rehearsal facility in a pink convertible sports activities automobile pushed by a stunning younger blonde girl. Iván is older and extra settled: he has a 40-year-old daughter from his first marriage and has been married to his second spouse for 28 years. He’s extra grizzled, a personality actor-type, related to academia and establishments. We see him instructing courses to rapt college students and holding forth on the philosophy of efficiency. 

Each man has hang-ups, triggers and superstitions, and is deeply aggravated by the opposite’s strategies and rituals. The distinction in strategy between the 2 main males will be summed up by that much-cited story of Laurence Olivier discovering out that his “Marathon Man” costar Dustin Hoffman had stayed up for 3 days to get within the headspace of a personality who’d been up for 3 days and telling him, “My expensive boy, why do not you simply strive appearing? It’s a lot simpler.” What’s enjoyable, although, is that relying on the scene, both actor will be Olivier or Hoffman.

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