Play For Me

A young adoptee's search for his true parentage in rural Argentina provides the framework of "Play for Me," earnest and moderately quirky road movie from debuting commercials vet Rodrigo Furth. Though filled with near-constant, invigorating blast of regional folk music, pic never really finds proper key.

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With: Hermes Gaido, Laura Frigerio, Alejandro Fiore, Bernardo Perco, Emilio Urdapilleta, Oscar Alegre, Cristian Pinkiewicz.

A young adoptee’s search for his true parentage in rural Argentina provides the framework of “Play for Me,” earnest and moderately quirky road movie from debuting commercials vet Rodrigo Furth. Though filled with near-constant, invigorating blast of regional folk music, pic never really finds proper key. Item could strike a chord at fests, with regional bigscreen play and vid life likely.

While rehearsing with punk outfit named Exploited, drummer Carlos (Hermes Gaido) learns of the death of the Italian immigrant musician who adopted him and bequeathed an accordion to him. Taking only his accordion and wearing his Exploited T-shirt, Carlos retraces his natural father’s footsteps to lonely pampas whistle stop where he was born. Along the way he meets heart-of-gold hooker Fabiana (Laura Frigerio), her mischievously aggressive “protector” Dalmiro (Alejandro Fiore), healer Dona Secondina (Beatriz Gutierrez), and Father Mario (Oscar Alegre) — who may hold the secret to Carlos’ past. Tech credits are pro, with a bracing sound mix showcasing the regional cuartetazo, cumbia, chamame and even punk stylings of seemingly inexhaustible accordionist Yayo Caceres, as well as a few luminous nighttime rain sequences from d.p. Paula Grandio.

Play For Me

Argentina

Production: A Mateina Prods. production. (International sales: Mateina Prods., Buenos Aires.) Produced by Rodrigo Furth. Executive producer, Jose Luis Almada. Directed by Rodrigo Furth. Screenplay, Eduardo Ruderman, Furth.

Crew: Camera (color), Paula Grandio; editor, Pablo Mari; music, Fernando Manuel Dieguez; art director, Evelyn Bendjeskov; sound (Lucasfilm THX, Dolby Digital), Adrian De Michele, Guido Berenblum. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum of New Cinema), Feb. 10, 2001. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: With: Hermes Gaido, Laura Frigerio, Alejandro Fiore, Bernardo Perco, Emilio Urdapilleta, Oscar Alegre, Cristian Pinkiewicz.

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