Genuinely humorous and consistently intelligent, “Geppetto” (Pinocchio’s creator, to whom the hero is likened) sympathetically describes an aging prof’s relations with a 17-year-old couple as he approaches the end of his life, still kicking. Pic is a feisty but salable example of good South American art cinema.
Short, bald and hard-drinking, the professor (Ulises Dumont) is a prize-winning novelist and enthusiastic high school teacher. Single mom Patricia (Alejandra Flechner) is his longtime lover and typist; student beauty Cecilia (Malena Figo), who has talent as a poet, develops a crush on him. Insisting he never beds pupils until they graduate, he puts off Cecilia and becomes friendly with her jealous boyfriend, jock Antonio (Nicolas Cabre). Pic’s theme emerges sharply as the boy interfaces with the prof’s refined world, testing the power of physical appetites against the intellect. Eduardo Calcagno handles the story (from a legit three-hander) delicately, frequently shifting gears from serious to funny and adding enough lusty and profane moments to keep the mood down-to-earth. Dumont fills out playwright/co-scripter Roberto Cossa’s irreverent dialogue with so much life and passion it is almost believable how many attractive women fall for him.