Against a background of growing chaos on the streets of Buenos Aires (power and water shortages, demonstrations), an optimistic young beauty with an Italian background attempts to fulfil her dream of going to Rome to see her lover in “A Lucky Day,” a promising first feature by Sandra Gugliotta. Good for fests, pic doesn’t have many commercial possibilities outside Latin territories, but it’s fresh enough to merit attention.
Elsa (Valentina Bassi) has had a brief affair with a visiting Italian and can’t wait to get to Rome to see him, even though her roommate, Laura (Lola Berthet) counsels against it. Elsa’s beloved grandfather (Dario Vittori) was an Italian anarchist who emigrated to Argentina, so she sees a connection and, anyway, is cheerfully certain she’s a lucky girl. While she tries to raise trip money, she starts an affair with the pleasant Walter (Fernan Miras), who joins Laura in trying to persuade her to stay in Argentina. There’s excessive use of all-over-the-place hand-held camerawork, pic (blown up from Super 16m) is murky, and plot holds few surprises, but Bassi’s winning personality makes up for shortcomings.