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Suddenly [DVD] [2002]

Tatiana Saphir , Carla Crespo , Diego Lerman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan, Beatriz Thibaudan, María Merlino
  • Directors: Diego Lerman
  • Producers: Diego Lerman, Sebastián Ariel, Nicolás Martínez Zemborain, Lita Stantic
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000284AI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Offbeat black and white road movie by Argentinian director Diego Lerman. Marcia (Tatiana Saphir), a frumpy shop assistant in a Buenos Aires lingerie shop, is leading a lonely and directionless life, especially since her boyfriend recently dumped her. Her dreams of adventure and romance are answered in the unlikely guise of two lesbians calling themselves Lenin (Veronica Hassan) and Mao (Carla Crespo), who suddenly kidnap her when she is walking along the street one day. They hijack a taxi and take Marcia to the sea, which she has never seen before, and then to the boarding-house home of Lenin's eccentric Aunt Blanca (Beatriz Thibaudin), which she shares with two other women. As new and complex relationships develop between the women, Marcia's horizons are widened and she begins to learn about love and discover her own identity.

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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing sudden in suddenly 16 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The cover promises to be outrageous, funny and hip, but I failed to see any of those throughout the whole film. The subtitles might keep you from falling asleep, but do not add anything to the film. It seems to meander through ill-conceived plots that have no over-riding momentum. Most of the time watching the film was spent trying to work out why I was watching the film. I would advise that your money is better spent on something with a plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity. 1 Mar 2014
By Wras
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Director gets the money to make a movie. Director forgets to write plot or the script.If the actresses and the actor had been dead he would have achieved his vision but it is illegal to kill people in Argentina except if you are an army officer. So he forces them to meander pointlessly, but they inject some of their humanity into the film and the camera person sneaks a couple of beautiful shots making it impossible for me to give it less than 2 stars.
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Amazon.com: 2.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay Try at Relationships Between Women 11 Mar 2012
By KinoChelovek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those movies that I always think after watching, "I know exactly how I could redo that movie to make it better!"

I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to the director and screenwriter, Diego Lerman, who adapted his movie from a novel that I have not read. It is his first "feature" film. It has some non-professional actors and actresses, and is made on a low budget in B&W. Boy, does it show!

SPOILER (DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPISED!)

The narrative is pretty straight forward: A chubby girl, Marcia (Tatiana Saphir), with self-esteem issues is confronted by two "street urchin"-type girls (lesbians, more or less) who call themselves Mao and Lenin (Carla Crespo and Veronica Hassan) who have "issues" themselves. Mao professes love and the desire to, not to quote the raunchy dialogue, have lesbian sex with Marcia. They take her to the sea (somewhere Marcia has never been) and then to Lenin's great-aunt's house in another town. Her aunt, played by Beatriz Thibaudin, is a sort of old hippie, who has 2 boarders: a teacher/painter/odd jobber (Maria Merlino) and a biology student (Marcos Ferrante). To make a long narrative short, Marcia sleeps with Mao, the aunt and Lenin revisit their past, Mao goes with the biology student, and Lenin returns to Buenos Aires with Marcia.

(OKAY, NOW YOU RESUME READING)

The film is shot in, what seems to be) ISO 800 and 1600 B&W film stock. The entire movie comes across as a student thesis film, with character studies trumping narrative. It really doesn't balance well, even though I really wanted it to. The narrative seems to be about Marcia, but rolls over to Lenin, then back to Marcia, so the viewer is constantly negotiating who they are supposed to follow. There are some truly predictable scenes, too. It is filmed and acted in cinema verite-style.

WARNING: There is some nudity, and one sex scene (not graphic, and only seen as a point-of-view through a crack in the door). One major problem I had was with the character of Marcia. Even though she is chubby, she is cute, but the actress doesn't quite seem to understand how to play her character. Her character is schizophrenically portrayed: she seems to be strong (she takes care of the business where she work, while the other worker slacks-off, but unwilling to control her own actions/reactions the next). I even asked my wife what she would do in some of the situations, and she pretty much answered, "not what she did." I have seen quite a few movies with lesbian characters, and this movie is far from being the worst, but it is amateurishly made. In the end, Lenin/Veronica is the only character in which you have sympathy. The acting is rough, and the story is disjointed and the scenes don't quite have the flow. There are holes in the narrative, too (what was that "tip" that Lenin's aunt wanted to tell her?, for example).

2 1/2 of 5. The extra 1/2 star is for the Student Thesis- type filmmaking that I give the benefit-of-the-doubt to. I really wish he'd remake this movie, but I don't think the director is willing or able to do so. A shame.

The DVD cover goes on and on about the many Film Festival accolades, but don't be suckered into buying movies with that being the selling point. Definitely an R-Rated movie: adult themes, full nudity, lesbian sexual situations, language. There is no rating noted on the cover! Not for the children, and not for all tastes.
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