Review: ‘Saturday’

The paths of three couples in search of the Meaning of Life, or at least a way to alleviate their boredom, criss-cross in "Saturday," a mercifully brief but maddeningly precious relationships film. Part of the joke for Argentine audiences is that one of the six characters, Gaston Pauls, is a celebrity and is portraying himself.

The paths of three couples in search of the Meaning of Life, or at least a way to alleviate their boredom, criss-cross in “Saturday,” a mercifully brief but maddeningly precious relationships film. Part of the joke for Argentine audiences is that one of the six characters, Gaston Pauls, is a celebrity and is portraying himself; without this peg, overseas auds will miss many nuances, but the pointlessness of this artificial exploration of urban ennui will escape no one.

Martin (Daniel Hendler) and Natalia (Mariana Anghileri) have spent the night together, but bicker endlessly. Driving through the city, Martin collides with a car driven by Pauls, to whom Natalia is immediately attracted. Pauls’ girlfriend, Andrea (Eva Sola), wanders off, while Pauls goes for an interview with Camila (Camila Toker), who is tired of her boyfriend, and in the mood to have sex with a celebrity. Meanwhile, Camila’s boyfriend, Leopoldo (Leonardo Murua), encounters Natalia. The film’s dialogue is deliberately repetitive and banal, as are the fleeting liaisons. There’s a universality to the theme, but writer-director Juan Villegas has nothing fresh to say on the subject.

Saturday

Argentina

Production

A Tresplanos Cine production. (International sales: Intra Movies, Rome.) Produced by Nathalie Cabiron. Directed, written by Juan Villegas.

Crew

Camera (color), Paola Rizzi; editor, Martin Mainoli; production designer, Luciana Inda. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Cinema of Present), Aug. 29, 2001. Running time: 71 MIN.

With

Gaston Pauls, Daniel Hendler, Camila Toker, Mariana Anghileri, Leonardo Murua, Eva Sola.
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