Love (Part One)

A fresh, likeable comedy about the beginning, middle and end of a romance, "Love (Part One)" is a charming piece of froth that should hit the mark with young audiences who will see themselves reflected in the 25-year-olds' pains. The rare indie made without state subsidies, its anti-auteur stance makes sense, though viewers over 30 are likely to find the concept too cute for its own good.

Cast:
With: Leonora Balcarce, Luciano Caceres.

A fresh, likeable comedy about the beginning, middle and end of a romance, “Love (Part One)” is seamlessly directed by four film-school grads who joined hands on their first feature. Among the most commercially viable of the new Argentinian crop, pic is a charming piece of froth that should hit the mark with young audiences who will see themselves reflected in the 25-year-olds’ pains. The rare indie made without state subsidies, its anti-auteur stance makes sense, though viewers over 30 are likely to find the concept too cute for its own good. Abroad, it could drum up some small-screen interest.

Attractive protags Leonora Balcarce and Luciano Caceres play Sofia, an office worker, and Pedro, a young hospital intern. Their chance meeting on a boat leads to a date, sex, love, cohabitation, fights and breaking up, all presented in the style of a pseudo-sociological case study. Chronicle of a modern couple’s rise and fall is cleverly narrated with off-screen commentary and illustrations showing the chemical basis of attraction. Balcarce and Caceres are adept at two-handed comedy. Gabriel Chwojnik’s original score stands out amid lively tech credits.

Love (Part One)

Argentina

Production: An El Pampero Cine production. Produced by Mariano Linas. Directed, written by Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Juan Schnitman.

Crew: Camera (color, Betacam SP-to-35mm), Soledad Abot y Glenz, Martin Mohadeb, Soledad Rodriguez, Laura Caligiuri; editor, Andres Pepe Estrada; music, Gabriel Chwojnik; production designer, Nuri Garabano. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (national competition), April 19, 2004. Original title: El amor, primera parte. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: With: Leonora Balcarce, Luciano Caceres.

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