Reasons for Not Falling in Love

Romance across the generations is given the lightest of touches in the simple, charming "Reasons for Not Falling in Love." Much of the pic's feel-good appeal lies in a central performance by Celeste Cid that's a tremendous calling card for the TV actress, here making her film debut as a kooky Argentinean hybrid of Audrey Hepburn and Amelie. Home B.O. was solid late last year, and the pic's warmth and gentle humor deserve further exposure to auds interested in Latin American mainstream comedy.

Cast:
With: Jorge Marrale, Celeste Cid, Laura Azcurra, Irene Sexer.

Romance across the generations is given the lightest of touches in the simple, charming “Reasons for Not Falling in Love.” Much of the pic’s feel-good appeal lies in a central performance by Celeste Cid that’s a tremendous calling card for the TV actress, here making her film debut as a kooky Argentinean hybrid of Audrey Hepburn and Amelie. Home B.O. was solid late last year, and the pic’s warmth and gentle humor deserve further exposure to auds interested in Latin American mainstream comedy.

Saleswoman Clara (Cid) quits her apartment after she finds her best friend sleeping with her partner. After losing the keys to her new pad, she’s forced stay with her neighbor, Teo (vet Jorge Marrale), who’s separated and cynical and has suicide on his mind. Marrale’s taciturn humor is a pleasure, but Cid’s extraordinary beauty and screen presence steal the show. The unhurried plot does little more than chart the couple’s ups and downs, but does so in a nicely judged manner that brings the unlikely pairing out of the realm of standard movie fantasy and into the engagingly real.

— Jonathan Holland

Reasons for Not Falling in Love

Argentina

Production: A Distribution Co. release of a Cine.Ar presentation of an Alta Definicion Argentina, BDcine, Cinecolor Argentina, Distribution Co. Argentina, Filmsuez production. (International sales: Distribution Co., Buenos Aires.) Produced by Diego Dubcovsky, Daniel Burman. Executive producer, Daniel Botti. Directed by Mariano Mucci. Screenplay, Maria Laura Gargarella.

Crew: Camera (color), Andres Mazzon; editor, Alejandro Brodersohn; music, Federico Marrale. Reviewed at Argencine Film Festival, Madrid, June 18, 2009. Original title: Motivos para no enamorarse. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: Jorge Marrale, Celeste Cid, Laura Azcurra, Irene Sexer.

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