Review: ‘Another Round’

A young filmmaker returns to his provincial hometown to settle old scores in "Another Round." With more soul than muscle, this elegantly photographed feature bow by Santiago Palavecino is nice to look at, but too predictable to grab auds, who will be hard to scare up beyond fest outings.

A young filmmaker returns to his provincial hometown to settle old scores in “Another Round.” With more soul than muscle, this elegantly photographed feature bow by Santiago Palavecino is nice to look at, but too predictable to grab auds, who will be hard to scare up beyond fest outings. Not without its poignant moments, the film reflects an obvious visual talent that may go places in the future, paired with a more exciting script.

Sebastian (Jose Ignacio Marsiletti) has made a film and video career in the city, while his old schoolfriends remained stuck in Chacabuco working out personal dramas. One of them, the talented playwright Martin, committed suicide before his wedding to Maria (Valentina Bassi), the local object of male desire. Sebastian finds himself following in Martin’s footsteps, even spending the night with a young actress (Nazarena Smit) who was to act in his play. Meanwhile, he explodes the pages of his own writing in homemade fireworks, the family profession. Fernando Lockett’s eye-catching B&W lensing steeps this slight plot in a melancholy atmosphere of intellectual loss, judiciously punctuated by chunks of Beethoven and Mahler.

Another Round

Argentina

Production

Produced by Gustavo Diaz Palacio. Directed, written by Santiago Palavecino.

Crew

Camera (B&W), Fernando Lockett; editor, Alejo Moguillansky; music, works by Beethoven, Mahler; production designers, Candelaria Palacios, Carlos Bettoli. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Film Festival (national competition), April 21, 2004. Original title: Otra vuelta. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Jose Ignacio Marsiletti, Valentina Bassi, Federico Esquero, Nazarena Smit, Roberto Carnaghi, Martin Kohan, Simon Marsiletti.
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