Falling for a bisexual hustler is probably never the heterosexual woman’s best bet, but Argentinean writer-helmer Veronica Chen’s debut feature insists on scrutinizing that poor choice with glum, pretentious seriousness. Low-budget drama is a walk on the “dark side” that moves far more slowly than limited character insight requires. Offshore prospects are slight.
Vaguely punkish Reni (Cecilia Bengolea) has already alienated the alt-rock band she (poorly) fronts and is at a loss as to her next move. Chance collides her with rollerblading free spirit Andres (Leonardo Brezicki), a likewise 20-year-old street gigolo quite content to excel at his apparently chosen profession. Reni can’t help getting possessive once they’ve entered a nonpaying mutual relationship, however. Indeed, heroine’s angstful, eventually suicidal self-absorption invites less sympathy than impatience, though directorial p.o.v. seems to think otherwise. Verite-style atmospherics, credible sex scenes and Brezicki’s perf lend some grit to mannered pic that’s clearly a personal statement, albeit a not-so-flattering, emotionally opaque one.