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Romantic comedy by Argentinean-born director Marco Berger. When Bruno (Manuel Vignau) is left by his girlfriend for another man, Pablo (Lucas Ferraro), Bruno befriends Pablo with the less-than-noble intention of splitting the couple up, perhaps by introducing Pablo to another woman. But along the way, the possibility of a 'Plan B' arises. It may be a more effective way for Bruno to get his revenge - but it is also one that will throw his own sexuality into question and take him into the hitherto unexplored realms of his own secret desires.

Starring:
Carolina Stegmayer, Manuel Vignau
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Carolina Stegmayer, Manuel Vignau, Ana Lucia Antony, Damián Canduci, Lucas Ferraro, Antonia De Michelis, Mercedes Quinteros, Ariel Nuñez Di Croce
Director Marco Berger
Genres Drama
Studio NETWORK RELEASING
Rental release 13 September 2010
Main languages Spanish
Subtitles English

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A gay love story between two straight men. This alone should be enough to make the movie worthwhile, however the film is very nicely done and quite watchable.

I was ill while I watched the movie which made it perfect because it's not fast moving yet never loses interest for a moment. I watched it again when I was healthy and still a fascinating movie.

As far as the plot goes, Bruno, a slightly immature atypical guy, wants his girlfriend back. She sleeps with him although she has a very handsome boyfriend, Pablo. "Ah, ha! Get rid of the competition and she's mine again", Bruno surmises. At a party Bruno runs into and befriends Pablo. Bruno's eyes widen with excitement, "What if?"

Bruno begins flirting with Pablo,who hesitatingly but willingly takes the bait and a friendship begins between the two. Their friendship slow burns to hint the flirting may become more than just friendly. A love story that starts out as two friends, one with alterior motives, is both fun and intriguing to watch. You feel yourself rooting for a happy ending.

And the ultimate question: How far can romance go between two heterosexual men?

Watch and find out, I think you'll be pleased. Although a low budget film, I never felt it to be anything less than a great and very watchable film. A great example of small budget not meaning "small movie".

I found the characters to be well rounded and believable, and really great fun to watch. A few tears and several laughs.

*I upgraded it to 5-star, it's a great movie I watch over and over again.
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This intriguing and beautiful movie is the story of how two male lovers of the same woman fall in love with each other! The plot might sound bizarre but this Argentinan film is so well made and acted that it becomes not only plausible but engrossing and highly satisfying. The deliberate slow pace and lingering shots of seemingly inanimate objects like buildings helps to build a very heady sensual atmosphere as repressed feelings and confusion overwhelm the two men. The DVD also has some great extras, including a stunning short film with the same actors, equally moving and thought-provoking, as well as interviews with the Director and stars. Highly recommended.
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This is nothing short of one of the best paced/best directed and best acted movie I've ever seen that touches upon homosexuality but focuses on love...

Truly superb with a striking short made by the director as one of the extras.

Brilliant.
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Bruno gets dumped by his girlfriend and hatches a plan to be-friend Pablo, her new boyfriend. His aim is to steer Pablo away from her so that the coast is left clear for him to get back together with her. As the friendship between the two men develops, things gradually take an unexpected turn.

This is a slow burning little gem from Argentina. I found the character development between the two leads very gripping. Bruno's charm, growing vulnerability and unconventional good looks make this film well worth owning and cherishing forever. The ultimate feel-good movie.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 May 2012
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The best thing about this film is the way it explores the unspoken gay potential in some straight men's friendships, but at the same time it seems to suggest that this feeling can only really exist in sublimated form. You never really feel that the two men desire each other physically, beyond a vague curiosity, even if psychologically there is something that pushes in that direction. I'm sure that if they were really interested in having sex it would have been more apparent to them, especially as they were not sexually inhibited generally. I also found the central deception unsympathetic and not very convincing, even though the character turns out to be perfectly likeable. Has anyone ever done this in real life? I doubt it ... This gave the whole thing the air of a theory being toyed with. And Bruno's continuing sexual relationship with his ex-girlfriend only served to point up the sense of absurdity, because clearly he is a very free-and-easy sort of guy. I didn't get all that much from this - however the two boys do look very erotic in some scenes and are shot from great angles if you happen to like looking at men in their underwear, legs akimbo - the very thing one or two reviewers didn't like, in fact, but which certainly added texture in my view.
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The plot of PLAN B (Argentina, English subtitles) is straightforward. Bruno (in his early-30s) splits up with his girlfriend Laura. When she starts seeing a handsome photographer, Pablo, Bruno is jealous. Laura insists that she will never get back together with Bruno - so he formulates the somewhat implausible 'Plan B' of the title: he'll break up the new couple by seducing Pablo. Consequently, Bruno gets chatting to Pablo on a pretext, and soon they are spending a lot of time together. The intimacy between them slowly grows - until it seems as though 'Plan B' might backfire...

Suspension of disbelief is obviously required for the concept of PLAN B, and the ending is more or less predictable. The crux of this film then (like that of another recent Argentinian output, Twisted Romance), is the vitality of the dynamic between Bruno and Pablo - the growing bond, the tension as they become aware of one another's bodies, the manoeuvres of sharing a bed during 'sleepovers', the pained and searching confusion. The slow blossoming of this uncertain intimacy is captured exquisitely, aided in no small part by the incredibly natural chemistry between the two lead actors, and by a painstaking cinematography which alternately includes and excludes the audience from the varying Bruno-Pablo temperature.

Shot in only ten days, PLAN B is a paean to independent film-making. The rhythm of the film is superbly executed and will slowly hook the most diverse of audiences. Ignore the truly hideous football shirts for which the characters have an inexplicable predilection (and the scary amount of facial hair); PLAN B is all about intimacy, and its success in achieving this is more than sufficient to recommend it.

(Extensive DVD special features include: deleted scenes, interviews, a 'making-of' feature, and the short film 'A Last Wish' by director Marco Berger.)
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