A muted drama about two brothers, “You’ll Be Back” is too low-key for its own good. From the performances to the russet, handheld lensing, pic is an engaging slice-of-life fable which simmers nicely but never boils. Even the presence of high-profile heartthrobs Tristan Ulloa (“Sex and Lucia”) and rising TV performer Unax Ugalde are unlikely to generate strong home B.O. for this low-budgeter; offshore, occasional fest dates loom.
Writer-director Antonio Chavarrias’ last pic, “Susanna” (1996), dealt grippingly with racism; this time, the issues are psychological. Ignacio (Ugalde) is an architecture student, who glimpses his long-lost brother, Carlos (Ulloa), in a bar, and trails him to the flat Carlos shares with his sexy Mexican g.f., Marta (Elizabeth Cervantes). Soon, the attraction between Marta and Ignacio turns mutual, and Carlos, a compulsive, debt-ridden gambler, is getting his brother involved in his bad habits and wild life. Fluidly narrated pic has several potent scenes, but the script doesn’t supply Carlos with the slightest hint of remorse or self-analysis to generate sympathy. He comes across as both charmless and dumb — a dramatic failure which strikes right at pic’s heart. Music is suitably spare.