Vigorous yet insular, "Just for Today" paints pungent portraits of disaffected young people stuck in contempo Buenos Aires blue-collar jobs. 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.

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.

Just For Today

Argentina

Production

A Universidad del Cine production. (International sales: Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Mario Santos. Directed by Ariel Rotter. Screenplay by Rotter, Lautaro Nunez de Arco.

Crew

Camera (color), Bill Nieto; editor, Pablo Giorgelli; music, Gustavo Cerati; art directors, Lucia Leschinsky, Aili Chen; sound (Dolby Digital), Martin Grignaschi. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 13, 2001. (Also in Rotterdam Film Festival.) Original title: Solo por hoy. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Sergio Boris, Aili Chen, Damian Dreizik, Federico Esquerro, Mariano Martinez.
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