Review: ‘White Dove’

Opening title carries a warning that some viewers might find the hand-held camerawork used in this film hard to watch; it proves to be an understatement. The never still, all over the place, nausea-inducing work of cameraman (and co-scripter) Andres Mardones succeeds, through sheer indulgence, in destroying any impact the drama itself might have had.

Opening title carries a warning that some viewers might find the hand-held camerawork used in this film hard to watch; it proves to be an understatement. The never still, all over the place, nausea-inducing work of cameraman (and co-scripter) Andres Mardones succeeds, through sheer indulgence, in destroying any impact the drama itself might have had. Rarely, if ever, has a film looked so ugly, which will drastically limit future unspoolings.

Improvised item is set in Barcelona, mostly in the small apartment that gay lovers Arturo (Ruben Santander) and Chilean-born Franco (Inigo Urrutia) share with Mariana (Susana Sempere). Franco’s sister, Marcela (Agustina Firpo) is visiting from Chile, but the siblings don’t get on, which leads to tension. Pic consists of a series of loosely directed scenes which depict mostly uninteresting arguments between mostly unappealing characters, with smatterings of sex thrown in, both gay and hetero. The actors are overwhelmed by a camera style which consistently ruins their performances, and production values for this black-and-white effort are next to zero.

White Dove

U.K.

Production

A Rey Arturo Production. (Intl. Sales: Rey Arturo Prods., London.) Produced by Rey Arturo. Executive Producers, Christian Barbe, Andres Mardones. Directed by Christian Barbe. Screenplay, Andres Mardones, Daniel Naranjo, Barbe.

Crew

Camera (B&W), Mardones; editor, Booyacka Sha; production designer, Federika Nilsson; costume designer, Marianne Krauss. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (New Territories), Sept. 6, 2003. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Ruben Santander, Inigo Urrutia, Susana Sempere, Agustina Firpo, Paula Forteza, Alonso Torres, Emma Hoglund. (Spanish dialogue)
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