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It’s For you!

A miniature techno fable about a twentysomething trying to keep a relationship alive through the healing power of the vidcam, writer-director Bruno Lazaro Pacheco's debut "It's for You!" seeks to describe a trip to the dark side of the soul. But pic works better as a straight-up take on a scruffy post-teen charmer going through a tough time.

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With: Joris Jarsky, Edith Tankus, Sundra R. Ros.

A miniature techno fable about a twentysomething trying to keep a relationship alive through the healing power of the vidcam, writer-director Bruno Lazaro Pacheco’s debut “It’s for You!” seeks to describe a trip to the dark side of the soul. But pic works better as a straight-up take on a scruffy post-teen charmer going through a tough time. Film’s self-referential mode will likely mean it follows helmer’s other work into fringe fests.

Student Julian (Joris Jarsky) returns to Toronto after a fling with Sundra (Sundra R. Ros). He decides to make videos to send to her — what he sends, the aud sees — but is horrified when he calls her and finds out she has a new lover. Sundra suggests that Julian make tapes of himself having sex and send them to her. Jarsky does his best to make the insecure, self-obsessed Julian interesting, but his reflections on life and love are typical adolescent fare. The leisurely pace, semi-improvised feel and Julian’s clumsiness (the sex scenes are recorded in real time) wittily suggest an unromantic side to love that rarely makes it to the screen. Transfer from DV is fine.

It's For you!

Spain-Canada

Production: An Arena Prods. (Spain)/October Films (Canada) production. (International sales: Arena, Madrid.) Executive producers, Ken Tolmie, Jose Luis de Damas. Directed, written by Bruno Lazaro Pacheco.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Lazaro Pacheco; editor, Mike Munn. Reviewed at Malaga Film Festival (competing), May 3, 2003. English dialogue. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Joris Jarsky, Edith Tankus, Sundra R. Ros.

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