Viggo Moretensen makes his debut Argentinean film and gets to play twin brothers. The first is Augustin who lives a seemingly charmed life in Buenos Aries; he is a paediatrician and his beautiful wife thinks they have everything except a child to share it with. So she has decided to adopt and is full of the joys of spring at the prospect. Augustin seems to be less exuberant. Then his twin brother turns up after a noted absence. This is black sheep and alleged `bee keeper Pedro also played by Moretensen.
When Pedro reveals that he has terminal cancer it gives Augustin the chance to assume his brothers identity and go back to the rural life of their youth in the Tigre Delta. Once he gets there he finds himself not only attracted to one of the locals but also walking blind into the turmoil of his brothers past criminal activity. It seems he was making more than just honey. That leads to a past where debts are owed and he will have to take on the role of pay master.
So is it any good? Well yes and slightly maybe, Moretensen is always good value and a female supporting cast from Soledad Villamil (`The Secret in their eyes') as his wife and Sofía Gala Castaglione as his Delta island interest both give outstanding performances. Whilst some of the others are not as strong; this is somewhat made up by the excellent direction from Ana Piterbarg in her first time big screen production and the cinematography which captures the stark landscape and atmosphere really well.
It is not a feel good film but one that has a story to tell and it is good to see South America making so many good to excellent films lately of which I feel this is certainly one of the good ones. Presented in Spanish, Argentinean style, with good sub titles and a run time of 113 minutes, this is one to see at least once as the plot developments will mean that a repeat viewing is never going to be as satisfying so maybe consider the rental option as I did.
on 17 September 2014
Great to see Viggo Mortensen in a challenging role that while some may find dreary and dull, the story is cleverly crafted, and coupled with the great cinematography makes for a compelling movie that does fly by despite its near 2 hour length. Yes you will have to read the subtitles (unless you understand Spanish) but it is worth the effort for what is a good film
on 30 January 2014
The dvd arrived delightfully quickly. With a note from the sender inside, and thank you Terry it is wonderful!!! You did a good job there lad! When I put the disc on my big TV I lost the subtitles (must adjust the tv!) but on my PC it is perfect. And a superb film. Viggo of course is out of this world acting. The terror on his face when those kids fought.. and such subtle yet clear differences between he and his brother. Agustin's gentle fear of almost all, and Pedro.. careless of feelings.
A terrific film, with so many moments of sadness/action/pain tempered with understanding. The costumes and props terrific. I'm watching it again right now and there is so MUCH to see inside the film story itself. The subtitles don't detract as there's not a great deal of conversation most of the time, and one can guess what is being said almost from the superb acting.
Viggo is ALWAYS a feast of mind-filling superlatives. The other cast were also so well-set... even the bees! a Wonderful film and thank you Terry!!!