The main reason to see “Widows” is legendary actress Graciela Borges, known to fans as “La Gra,” who can almost make auds forget a C-grade boob-tube script like this one. Helmer Marcos Carnevale (“Touch the Sky”) has firmly settled into meller fare, and this tale of an older widow taking care of her husband’s hapless young mistress is all surface and no depth, except for brief moments when Borges manages to find a real emotion beneath the plastic. A good run at home in autumn 2011 could presage strong rotation on Spanish-lingo satcasts.Docu helmer Elena (Borges) is making a film about women and love when husband Augusto (Mario Jose Paz) has a heart attack. Just before flatlining, he asks her to look after Adela (Valeria Bertuccelli, “Rain”), obviously his mistress. Elena’s not interested in comforting the distraught much-younger woman, yet she’s ultimately forced to take her into her home after Adela tries slitting her wrists. Transsexual maid Justina (Martin Bossi) is meant to expand the pic’s constricted bourgeois outlook, but the role is only half-written. Visuals are TV-bright and lacking depth, much like the music.
A Buena Vista Intl. release of a Tronera Producciones, Corbelli Producciones, Isidro Miguel, Aleph Media, Patagonik, Cooperative de Trabajo 2001 production. (International sales: FilmSharks Intl., Buenos Aires.) Produced by Jose Paquez, Claudio Corbelli, Isidro Miguel, Fernando Sokolowicz, Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta. Executive producers, Jose Paquez, Claudio Corbelli, Isidro Miguel, Fernando Sokolowicz, Juan Pablo Galli. Directed by Marcos Carnevale. Screenplay, Bernarda Pages, Carnevale.
Camera (color), Horacio Maira; editor, Emilio Llamosas; music, Javier Herrlein; production designer, Mariana Sourrouille; costume designer, Monica Toschi. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 17, 2012. Running time: 103 MIN.
Graciela Borges, Valeria Bertuccelli, Rita Cortese, Martin Bossi, Mario Jose Paz, Javier de Nevares, Matias Desiderio. (Spanish, Guarani dialogue)