Review: ‘Nuts for Love’

Ariadna Gil

The fact that "Nuts for Love" traces the uneven course of a thwarted romance tends to underline how we're watching a thwarted movie -- full of grand possibilities yet finally falling short of attaining them. Helmer Alberto Lecchi and co-writer Daniel Romanach adopt a Claude Lelouch strategy as they follow a couple over time and space.

The fact that “Nuts for Love” traces the uneven course of a thwarted romance tends to underline how we’re watching a thwarted movie — full of grand possibilities yet finally falling short of attaining them. Helmer Alberto Lecchi and co-writer Daniel Romanach adopt a Claude Lelouch strategy as they follow a couple over time and space — from the unsettled ’70s to the present, from Argentina to Spain and back again — but they don’t add Lelouch’s facile yet infectious romantic flourishes. Pedestrian dramatics and a political backgrounding addressed almost exclusively to Argentine viewers will limit pic’s exposure to higher-end sectors of the Latin American and Iberian markets.

A random post-concert encounter on a Buenos Aires subway sparks an affair between college-age Alicia (Malena Solda) and high-schooler Marcelo (Nicolas Pauls). With mismatched personal lives, the pair seems as doomed as their politically embroiled country, and as they age and momentarily reunite (Ariadna Gil is the mature Alicia and Pauls’ look-alike brother Gaston is the graying Marcelo), attempts at re-stoking the passion increasingly seem better suited to comedy than melodrama. In a further casting ploy, Solda re-appears in the third act as Alicia’s bitter daughter.

Nuts for Love

Argentina-Spain

Production

A Tornasol Films and Zarlek Producciones co-production in association with El Puente Producciones, Aleph Producciones and Patagonik Film Group. Produced by Luis Angel Sartor, Gerardo Herrero. Executive producers, Sartor, Mariela Besuievsky. Directed by Alberto Lecchi. Screenplay, Lecchi, Daniel Romanach.

Crew

Camera (color, Madrid Film Labs and Industrias Audiovisuales Argentinas), Hugo Colace; editor, Alejandro Alem; music, Eva Gancedo, Jose Luis Barroso; art director, Clara Notari; costume designer, Mariana Polsky, Karen Quijada; sound (Dolby Digital), Aitor Berenguer. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., July 28, 2001. (In L.A. Latino Film Festival.) Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Ariadna Gil, Gaston Pauls, Malena Solda, Nicolas Pauls, Nancy Duplaa, Gabriel Goity.

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