Chicha Your Mother

Too many journeys and not enough connecting routes lead to uninvolving meanderings in freshman helmer Gianfranco Quattrini's "Chicha Your Mother," part one of a proposed road trilogy set between Lima and Buenos Aires. Travel along fest routes may be in the cards as a completed trilogy, but pic will have difficulty standing alone.

With:
With: Jesus Aranda, Tula Rodriguez, Pablo Brichta, Jean Pierre Reguerraz, Tatiana Espinoza, Gilberto Torres, Jorge Rodriguez Paz, Maricarmen Valencia, Edwin Vasquez, Nidia Bermejo, Luis Ramirez.

Too many journeys and not enough connecting routes lead to uninvolving meanderings in freshman helmer Gianfranco Quattrini’s “Chicha Your Mother,” part one of a proposed road trilogy set between Lima and Buenos Aires. Tale of a tarot-reading taxi driver slowly awakening to a semblance of responsibility fails to make the transformation convincing, though links will undoubtedly be deepest at home, where underlying criticism of the Peruvian economic situation should resonate strongest. Travel along fest routes may be in the cards as a completed trilogy, but pic will have difficulty standing alone.

Struggling cabbie Julio Cesar (Jesus Aranda) cares more for tarot and the local soccer team than for his wife (Tatiana Espinoza), though when teen daughter Yoselin (Maricarmen Valencia) gets pregnant, he shows a semblance of support. While avoiding conflict at home, he uses his winnings from cheap lottery tix to frequent prostitutes, hooking up with working girl Katlyn (Tula Rodriguez) and awakening to the possibilities of a deeper relationship. Neither fully antihero nor likeable cad, Cesar’s one passion remains the tarot, though his own future is unclear. Tech credits are standard, though colors, like motivations, turn muddy.

Chicha Your Mother

Peru-Argentina

Production: A Primi Quattrini (Peru)/BD Cine (Argentina) production. Produced by Gianfranco Quattrini, Ernesto Gonzalez Quattrini. Coproducers, Diego Dubcovsky, Oscar Azar. Directed by Gianfranco Quattrini. Screenplay, Christopher Vasquez, Quattrini.

Crew: Camera (color, super 16-to-35mm), Ivan Gierasinchuk; editor, Alex Zito; music, Axel Krygier; production designers, Sandro Angobaldo, Mario Frias, Daniel Higashionna; costume designer, Leslie Hinojosa. Reviewed at Mar del Plata Film Festival (competing), March 11, 2006. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: With: Jesus Aranda, Tula Rodriguez, Pablo Brichta, Jean Pierre Reguerraz, Tatiana Espinoza, Gilberto Torres, Jorge Rodriguez Paz, Maricarmen Valencia, Edwin Vasquez, Nidia Bermejo, Luis Ramirez.

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