Dogme 95 meets “When Harry Met Sally” in low-budgeter “Between Abril and Julio,” a first feature by 25-year-old writer-director Aitor Gaizka that has occasional sharp moments, but is basically a twentysomething romancer. Watchable Argentine thesp Marina Seresesky is the best thing about the item, which will be remembered more for being the first Spanish feature shot entirely on DV. Home interest is limited, offshore chances negligible.
Radio presenter Julio (Javier Albala) is the ex-b.f. of Lola (Pilar Punzano), who is about to marry gynecologist Luis (Roberto Enriquez). One of Luis’ clients is Abril (Seresesky), who lives with lesbian Clara (Rebeca Jimenez), and Lola decides Abril would be perfect for Julio. Despite film’s laudable insistence on keeping the people and situations in the realm of reality, characterization is dodgy, with Julio’s change from tough guy to lovelorn idiot too extreme. Perfs are OK, but dialogue is often too literal, with only Seresesky’s undecided Abril able to engage the emotions to any degree. Lenser Roberto Fernandez nicely captures the moods of Madrid.