A curious film from Argentina, TWISTED ROMANCE (English subtitles) has the tendency to linger, despite various shortcomings.
Roberto, a slender young man in his early 20s, has no home as such, but drifts from bed to bed. At a train station one morning he picks up Raúl - a much older, gray-haired, heavy-set, biker-type. Their physical connections are violent ("It always has to hurt") yet nevertheless - or perhaps because of this - Roberto immediately begins insinuating himself into a relationship with Raúl, soon moving into his house.
TWISTED ROMANCE follows the course the dynamic between these two characters. Various sub-plots abound, involving Roberto's bizarre sister and mother, and Raúl's problems with his ex-wife. Unfortunately these sub-plots are the film's primary weak point; their over-developed melodrama tending to distract from the extreme subtlety of the Roberto-Raúl pairing. And subtle it is: the lead characters are unexpectedly layered, each making demands on the other, involving physical domination (on Raúl's side) and emotional (on Roberto's). Their battles are fought on numerous fronts. (One of the many reasons why the feminist-inspired concept of "sexual violence" is an absurd and untenable notion, best eradicated entirely.)
Perhaps not to everyone's taste, TWISTED ROMANCE is not a Hollywood fairytale and can feel crassly sensationalist at times; but ignore the sub-plot padding (and the annoyingly flawed subtitles) - the oddly-majestic performances from the two leads, as they compete for an uncertain terrain, raises this film above the standard fare.