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.