Genuinely humorous and consistently intelligent, "Geppetto" (Pinocchio's creator, to whom the hero is likened) sympathetically describes an aging prof's relations with a 17-year-old couple as he approaches the end of his life, still kicking. Pic is a feisty but salable example of good South American art cinema.

Genuinely humorous and consistently intelligent, “Geppetto” (Pinocchio’s creator, to whom the hero is likened) sympathetically describes an aging prof’s relations with a 17-year-old couple as he approaches the end of his life, still kicking. Pic is a feisty but salable example of good South American art cinema.

Short, bald and hard-drinking, the professor (Ulises Dumont) is a prize-winning novelist and enthusiastic high school teacher. Single mom Patricia (Alejandra Flechner) is his longtime lover and typist; student beauty Cecilia (Malena Figo), who has talent as a poet, develops a crush on him. Insisting he never beds pupils until they graduate, he puts off Cecilia and becomes friendly with her jealous boyfriend, jock Antonio (Nicolas Cabre). Pic’s theme emerges sharply as the boy interfaces with the prof’s refined world, testing the power of physical appetites against the intellect. Eduardo Calcagno handles the story (from a legit three-hander) delicately, frequently shifting gears from serious to funny and adding enough lusty and profane moments to keep the mood down-to-earth. Dumont fills out playwright/co-scripter Roberto Cossa’s irreverent dialogue with so much life and passion it is almost believable how many attractive women fall for him.

Geppetto

(ARGENTINA)

Production

An Eduardo R. Calcagno Producciones production. (International sales: Primer Plano Film Group, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Eduardo Calcagno. Executive producer, Axel Pauls. Directed by Eduardo R. Calcagno. Screenplay, Roberto Cossa, Calcagno, based on Cossa's play. Camera (color), Roberto Mateo, Andres Mazzon; music, Mariano Nunez West; production designer, Maria Julia Bertotto. Reviewed at Tromso Film Festival, Norway, Jan. 21, 2000. Original title: Yepeto. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

With: Ulises Dumont, Malena Figo, Nicolas Cabre, Alejandra Flechner.
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