|VIOLA (director/writer: Matías Piñeiro; cinematographer: Fernando Lockett; editor: Alejo Moguillansky; music: John Aylward/Julián Tello; cast: María Villar (Viola), Agustina Muñoz (Cecilia), Elisa Carricajo (Sabrina), Romina Paula (Ruth), Gabriela Saidón (Gabi), Laura Paredes (Laura), Esteban Bigliardi (Javier), Julián Tello (Gastón), Julia Martínez Rubio (Juliana); Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Melanie Schapiro; Cinema Guild.; 2012-Argentina-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
the way Jacques Rivette
does it for the French, Piñeiro
does it for the Argentinians."
by Dennis Schwartz
thirty-something director-writer Matías Piñeiro
("They All Lie"/"The Stolen Man") is one of
Argentina's promising new voices. His third feature
revisits Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
by imaginative changes to the Bard's play making it
uniquely modern, as a young all-female
cross-dressing bohemian indie community troupe is
performing in a small theater.
titular character Viola (Maria Villar)
is a recent college grad who delivers on bike
throughout Buenos Aires bootleg DVDs
downloaded from the Internet by her enterprising
boyfriend Javier (Esteban Bigliardi),
who runs this small-time profitable pirating racket.
While making a delivery Viola meets Cecilia (Agustina
Muñoz) and accepts an invite to watch her all-female
production of a Shakespeare classic, who plays
Viola--also someone madly in love and living a
slight plot gives the Shakespearean actresses
a chance to perform onstage, be seen rehearsing and
freely talking backstage about their real-life love
life fears while comparing it with the Bard's view on
it on stage.
It's a small but satisfying well-grounded achievement, as a raw urban film about young female adults feeling their oats and being playfully captured onscreen by Piñeiro. Much like the way Jacques Rivette does it for the French, Piñeiro does it for the Argentinians.
REVIEWED ON 3/24/2014 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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