A Night With Sabrina Love

A passably entertaining coming-of-age story with polished production values and a fine cast, Argentine director Alejandro Agresti's "A Night With Sabrina Love" is let down by an unfocused screenplay that fails to map an accessible path for the protagonist's journey of self-discovery.

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With: Cecilia Roth, Fabian Vena, Tomas Fonzi, Giancarlo Giannini, Julieta Cardinali, Mario Paolucci, Carlos Roffe, Norma Aleandro.

A passably entertaining coming-of-age story with polished production values and a fine cast, Argentine director Alejandro Agresti’s “A Night With Sabrina Love” is let down by an unfocused screenplay that fails to map an accessible path for the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery. Toplining redoubtable Cecilia Roth (“All About My Mother”), the film is not without occasional charms, but this tale of adolescent innocence and optimism that survives a series of shattered dreams looks unlikely to travel far beyond Latin American territories.

When his touching letter wins a contest to get personal with porn star Sabrina Love (Roth), orphaned 16-year-old Daniel (Tomas Fonzi) departs his dust bowl hometown for Buenos Aires, facing robbers and other dangers along the way. There, his eyes are opened to the world by surprising encounters with his brother (Fabian Vena), an eccentric writer (Mario Paolucci), a sexy journalist (Julieta Cardinali) and, finally, his idol Sabrina. The relationships are not always credible in Agresti’s poorly developed script, but the appealing cast holds the interest even as the story’s themes remain ill-defined.

A Night With Sabrina Love

Argentina

Production: A Patagonik Film Group production in association with Surf Film (Italy), PHF (Spain), ULM, Naya Films (Argentina). (International sales: Patagonik, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Pablo Bossi. Directed, written by Alejandro Agresti, based on the novel by Pedro Mairal.

Crew: Camera (Technicolor), Arnaldo Catinari; editor, Stefan Kamp; music, Paul M. van Brugge; art director, Floris Vos; costume designers, Virginia Schlesinger, Adriana San Roman. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Main Program), Jan. 28, 2001. Original title: Una Noche con Sabrina Love. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Cecilia Roth, Fabian Vena, Tomas Fonzi, Giancarlo Giannini, Julieta Cardinali, Mario Paolucci, Carlos Roffe, Norma Aleandro.

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