Vigorous yet insular, “Just for Today” paints pungent portraits of disaffected young people stuck in contempo Buenos Aires blue-collar jobs. As with Gustavo Mosquera R.’s provocative “Moebius” before it, a production of film students at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, pic is stylish enough to score with fests and in specialized situations but may be too rooted in local zeitgeist to attract auds outside of Spanish-lingo markets.
“We are what we do everyday,” someone says, and this is the film’s motif. Five young people are ID’d at their jobs, then shown yearning for something better. Toro (Damian Dreizik) really wants to be an actor, while Argentine Moron (Federico Esquerro, protag’s son in Pablo Trapero’s “Crane World”) is united in listlessness with Aili (Aili Chen), who was born in Taipei. Equis (Mariano Martinez) nurses a broken heart, while Fer (Sergio Boris), the oldest, is feeling the most pressure to either break out or conform. And so on, with newcomers Chen and Boris meshing nicely with TV vets in the cast. Tech credits are evocative, with onscreen title differing from moniker “Only for Today,” used in Berlin documentation.