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Do It for Me

An unpretentious, low-budget kidnap thriller, "Do It for Me" has all the regular ingredients but mixed together in an unusually accomplished way by Spanish standards. Although rather too familiar in its storyline for offshore tastes, this first feature by Angel Fernandez Santos should perform efficiently at home and suggests that helmer is a name to watch, particularly if he can find scripts and thesps as dependable as they are here.

With:
Isabel Velasco ..... Cayetana Guillen Cuervo Andres Uriarte ..... Carlos Hipolito Paco Reina ..... Nancho Novo Nuria Robles ..... Eulalia Ramon Antonio Robles ..... Txema Blasco David ..... Jose Velazquez

An unpretentious, low-budget kidnap thriller, “Do It for Me” has all the regular ingredients but mixed together in an unusually accomplished way by Spanish standards. Although rather too familiar in its storyline for offshore tastes, this first feature by Angel Fernandez Santos should perform efficiently at home and suggests that helmer is a name to watch, particularly if he can find scripts and thesps as dependable as they are here.

Insipid upper-middle-class family man Andres (Carlos Hipolito), whose son, David (Jose Velazquez), is the only thing keeping him together with his wife (Eulalia Ramon), takes over the family business from his wealthy stepfather (Txema Blasco). After catching the eye of Isabel (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) in the boutique where she works, Andres meets her again in a nightclub and, at her instigation, sleeps with her.

Isabel is also in a relationship with animal-like drug dealer Paco (Nancho Novo, a regular in Julio Medem’s pics). The tone of their affair is set when she visits him in prison: With barely a word said, off come Isabel’s clothes and it’s down to business, to the accompaniment of some frankly dreadful music. When Andres hears Isabel has been beaten up and her apartment turned inside out by people to whom she owes money, he becomes obsessed with her. Before long, Isabel is suggesting she and a friend “kidnap” his son.

Though none of this is too original, pic is strong in not sacrificing its human elements to plot demands. The collapse of Andres’ family is portrayed with a realism that is painful to watch, while Guillen Cuervo, in her first starring role, is charismatic as the femme fatale with practically no redeeming qualities. Tech credits are fine.

Do It for Me

(SPANISH)

Production: A UIP release (in Spain) of an El Desierto production, with collaboration of Canal Plus Spain. (International sales: El Desierto, Madrid.) Executive producer , Estrella de Miguel. Directed by Angel Fernandez Santos. Screenplay, Juan Miguel Hernandez.

Crew: Camera (color), Juan Molinatemboury; editor, Fernando Pardo; music, Juan Carlos Cuello; art direction, Puerto Collado; sound (Dolby), Dani Fontrodona. Reviewed at Cine Princesa, Madrid, Nov. 10, 1997. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Isabel Velasco ..... Cayetana Guillen Cuervo Andres Uriarte ..... Carlos Hipolito Paco Reina ..... Nancho Novo Nuria Robles ..... Eulalia Ramon Antonio Robles ..... Txema Blasco David ..... Jose Velazquez

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