Argentinean low-budget drama "Idleness" lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing.

Argentinean low-budget drama “Idleness” lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing. A not uninteresting but painfully portentous collaboration between helmers Juan Villegas (“Suicidals”) and debutant Alejandro Lingenti, pic uses technique sufficiently original to raise hopes that its directors will do something better in the future, either individually or together. They’ll have lots of time on their hands to work on new projects, because this pic won’t travel far.

Andreas (Nahuel Viale), a guy in his 20s, lives with his brother Roli (Francisco Grassi) and widowed father (German de Silva) in a small apartment on Buenos Aires’ poorer outskirts. Perhaps still grieving for his late mother, or maybe just lazy, Andreas spends a lot of time listening to music in his bedroom, making occasional forays into the world to play soccer, or plan a robbery with friends. Still, use of throbbing guitar power-chords from Ariel Minimal’s score builds up some tension, and thesping ain’t half bad. Retro props — like old record players and coffee machines — coyly obscures the time when story is supposed to be set.

Idleness

Argentina

Production

A Tresmilmundos Cine, El Pampero Cine production. (International sales: Tresmilmundos Cine, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Laura Citarella. Directed by Juan Villegas, Alejandro Lingenti. Screenplay, Lingenti, based on a novel by Fabian Casas.

Crew

Camera (color, Mini-DV), Agustin Mendilaharzu; editor, Santiago Esteves; music, Ariel Minimal; production designer, Florencia Perez. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 19, 2011. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Nahuel Viale, Francisco Grassi, German de Silva, Lucas Oliveira, Santiago Barrionuevo.

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