Short Chilean feature “Saturday” nonetheless seems riskily long enough in sustaining the gimmick spelled out by its subtitle “A Real-Time Movie.” Far less ambitious than similar past exercises like “Time Code” or “Russian Ark,” indie should delight those able to stomach 60-plus minutes of one hand-held vidcam shot, tracking a bride’s hysterical warpath after discovering her intended is a cheat. Already well-traveled on the fest circuit, item could tempt adventuresome TV programmers.
Barging into an apartment with a neighbor (Gabriel Diaz, the actual cinematographer) videotaping the moment for posterity, furious Antonia (Antonia Zegers) throws the brutal truth at Blanca (Blanca Lewin): Blanca’s fiancee Victor (Victor Montero) never stopped shagging his ex-g.f., abandoning the ex only now that Blanca’s pregnant and he’s about to marry her. Bridal-gowned Blanca blanches, then grabs the hapless cameraman to record her own confrontation with the faithless (and naked) groom-to-be — whom she dumps, with the ceremony just hours away. Liquor consumption and some reckless driving further color Blanca’s journey into the compressed stages-of-grief. Invention flags a bit toward the end, but the situation’s emotional extremis and Lewin’s bravura perf lend this filmic stunt real comic esprit.