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Don’t Know/No Answer

Helmer Fernando Musa's sophomore effort, the romantic comedy "Don't Know/No Answer," is a lowbudgeter about love and friendship among typical Buenos Aires teens that has freshness and charm to burn. However, the lack of direction of characters' lives translates into dramatic aimlessness. Commercial prospects are slim outside home turf.

Helmer Fernando Musa’s sophomore effort, the romantic comedy “Don’t Know/No Answer,” is a subdued lowbudgeter about love and friendship among typical Buenos Aires teens that has freshness and charm to burn. However, the lack of direction of characters’ lives translates into dramatic aimlessness. Commercial prospects are slim outside home turf, where a couple of the thesps are well-known tube faces.

Nervy Joaquin (Mariano Martinez) is a wannabe movie director who falls for store girl Laura (Karina Dali, radiating screen presence). Marcos (Facundo Espinosa) borrows Joaquin’s car to go after his recently-departed g.f., who’s pregnant by someone else. Joaquin enlists the help of his buddies, David (Daniel Hendler) and Damian (Santiago Pedrero), to move a piano to his new house, but the project goes badly. Dialogue is heavy with teen philosophizing, which becomes overbearing when the characters indulge in rambling interior monologues. Pic plays some smart back-and-forth tricks with time across its interwoven stories, generates some effective drama out of everyday trivia, and features upbeat, naturalistic perfs across the board, but overall lacks substance and originality.

Don’t Know/No Answer

Argentina

  • Production: A Diorama release (in Spain) of an MantaRaya production. (International sales: MantaRaya, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Fernando Musa. Executive producer, Jose Osvaldo Musa. Directed by Fernando Musa. Screenplay, Jonathan Klajman.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Carlos Torlaschi; editor, Cesar Custodio; music, Ivan Wyszogrod. Reviewed at Casa de America, Madrid, July 23, 2003. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Mariano Martinez, Karina Dali, Daniel Hendler, Facundo Espinosa, Santiago Pedrero.