The Gap

Two script docs are credited in "The Gap," but a whole surgical team is needed to excise overlong scenes and to substitute real laughs for the anarchic blather on display. Whether locals will flock to this tale of white trash bumbling their way through a bank job is still uncertain, but offshore prospects are nil.

With:
With: Valentina Bassi, Mario Paolucci, Luis Ziembrowski, Mirta Wons, Daniel Valenzuela, Erasmo Olivera, Sandra Smith, Silvia Montanari, Fiamma Casco Sass, Leandro Orowitz, Victor Maytland.

Two script docs are credited in “The Gap,” but a whole surgical team is needed to excise overlong scenes and to substitute real laughs for the anarchic blather on display. Mariano Mucci’s sophomore effort feels, well, sophomoric in both humor and content, trying for a combination of “Small Time Crooks” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” that only haphazardly gets chuckles out of increasingly unfunny situations. Whether locals will flock to this tale of white trash bumbling their way through a bank job is still uncertain, but offshore prospects are nil.

When paterfamilias Escarfase (Mario Paolucci) is released from prison, he’s immediately roped into a caper designed by thick-headed Ruben (Luis Ziembrowski), using a seemingly abandoned house as the command center for tunneling into the neighboring bank vault. Also on board are Escarfase’s hooker daughter Mirna (Valentina Bassi), whose participation in a porn film takes up an indefensible amount of screen time considering the miniscule laugh pay-off. Opening promises more than it can deliver, but like the rest of pic, scenes start well and devolve into wasted footage. Bouncy music is used indiscriminately and, like the overly sunny lensing, gets tired quickly.

The Gap

Argentina

Production: A KAOS and tf/Takoira Films presentation of a KAOS Cooperativa de Trabajo production. (International sales: KAOS, Buenos Aires.) Executive producer, Luis Barone. Directed, written by Mariano Mucci.

Crew: Camera (color), Andres Mazzon; editor, Jose Castells; music, Axel Krygier; production designer, Fabian Harsanyi; costume designer, Albertina Klitenik. Reviewed at Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentine Showcase), March 13, 2006. Running time: 83 MIN.

With: With: Valentina Bassi, Mario Paolucci, Luis Ziembrowski, Mirta Wons, Daniel Valenzuela, Erasmo Olivera, Sandra Smith, Silvia Montanari, Fiamma Casco Sass, Leandro Orowitz, Victor Maytland.

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