Argentina's economic crisis furnishes background material in "Buena Vida (Delivery)," a social drama spiked with black humor. A man's house is invaded by his girlfriend's family who set up a doughnut factory. Helmer Leonardo Di Cesare has a good eye for human behavior under stress. Pic conveys the country's dire straits with humor and compassion for all. It should benefit from the growing aud for Argentine product.

Argentina’s economic crisis furnishes fertile background material in “Buena Vida (Delivery),” a clever social drama spiked with black humor. A young man finds his house invaded by his girlfriend’s family who, over his protests, set up a doughnut factory. First-time helmer Leonardo Di Cesare has a good eye for human behavior under stress and makes his hero’s nightmarish situation believable. Well-written and acted, pic vividly conveys the country’s dire straits with clenched-teeth humor and compassion for all. It should benefit from the growing aud for Argentine product.

When delivery boy Hernan’s (Ignacio Toselli) family immigrates to Spain, he rents a room in his house to a knock-out gas station attendant, Patricia (Moro Anghileri). The day after they become lovers, her parents turn up on his doorstep with — surprise — her small daughter. With no money and no place to go, Venancio (Oscar Nunez) and Elvira (Alicia Palmes) take over the small house, installing a noisy bread machine, pastry chefs and street vendors in the living room. From a low-key naturalistic drama, pic turns into an ironic comedy that catches the viewer up in seemingly unsolvable social and personal problems.

Buena Vida (Delivery)

Argentina-France

Production

A Los Irrompibles Producciones/Tu Vas Voir co-production. Produced by Edgard Tenenbaum. Executive producers, Sabina Sigler, Leonardo Di Cesare. Directed by Leonardo Di Cesare. Screenplay, Di Cesare, Hans Garrino.

Crew

Camera (color), Leandro Martinez; editor, Liliana Nadal; music, Sebastian Volco, Pablo Della Maggiora; production designer, Graciela Fraguglia. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Hubert Bals Fund), Jan. 29, 2004. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Ignacio Toselli, Moro Anghileri, Oscar Nunez, Alicia Palmes, Sofia da Silva, Ariel Staltari, Pablo Ribba, Marcelo Nacci.
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