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Diary of an Intern

Taking a serious social issue -- corporate exploitation of first-time employees -- and turning it into pop teen froth is practically designed for failure, and "Diary of an Intern" duly fails. As many of the thesps are familiar from tube, pic will provoke fleeting interest among the sub-20s in Spanish-speaking territories before hurtling to video.

With:
With: Daniela Costa, Antonio Hortelano, Rebeca Cobos, Ramon Langa, Pepe Sancho, Unax Ugalde, Carola Baleztena.

Taking a serious social issue — corporate exploitation of first-time employees — and turning it into pop teen froth is practically designed for failure, and “Diary of an Intern” duly fails. Never striking the right tone, pic moves from comedy to drama to social criticism with no sense of purpose. A couple of decent perfs try but can’t redeem the pop-video script. As many of the thesps are familiar from tube teen series, pic will provoke fleeting interest among the sub-20s in Spanish-speaking territories before hurtling to video.

Ana (Daniela Costa) starts a job as an intern at a radio station, along with other young hopefuls on work experience:irritating Marce (Antonio Hortelano), sexy Beatriz (Rebeca Cobos) and cool Marcos (Unax Ugalde). Anna is targeted for sexist abuse and threats from boss Luis (Ramon Langa) before her talents are appreciated by vet journo Paco de Miguel (Pepe Sancho). Pic is the usual mix of infantile farce and broken hearts, but as little time is spent on characterization, none of it means anything.

Diary of an Intern

Spain

Production: A Cre-Accion Films release of a Cre-Accion production, in association with TVE. (International sales: Cre-Accion, Madrid.) Executive producer, Rodolfo Montero de Palacio. Directed by Josetxo San Mateo. Screenplay, Ricardo Luis Gonzalez Iglesias, based on the novel by Nacho Abad.

Crew: Camera (color), Juan Molina; editor, Jose Salcedo; music, Mario de Benito. Reviewed at Malaga Film Festival (competing), May 1, 2003. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Daniela Costa, Antonio Hortelano, Rebeca Cobos, Ramon Langa, Pepe Sancho, Unax Ugalde, Carola Baleztena.

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