Low-Quality People

Eking high-quality comedy from the lives of no-hopers struggling for better things is tough, and in this, "Low-Quality People" fails magnificently.

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With: Alberto San Juan, Maribel Verdu, Javier Gutierrez, Francesc Garrido, Fernando Tejero, Pilar Castro, Antonio Molero.

Eking high-quality comedy from the lives of no-hopers struggling for better things was always going to be tough, and in this, “Low-Quality People” fails magnificently. Finding pathos should have been easier, but here, too, the script misses. The result is a stumblebum of a movie that meanders aimlessly in its technical finery from gag to gag, confusing comedy with the merely absurd and treating its characters and the aud with disrespect. The names in the cast will give pic a chance at home, but offshore viewers in search of quality can look elsewhere.

The script nicely defines failure in life as the difference between our teenage dreams and our present reality. Penniless Manuel (Alberto San Juan, wasted here) is a male hooker who has told his friends, including wannabe soldier Andres (Javier Gutierrez) and his ex-Osiris (a stranded Maribel Verdu), that he’s been working in Scotland. Character work in nonexistent, so we care about none of them. Good-looking pic does feature one affecting minute of visual poetry in a car in the countryside, but stretches of unconvincing tragedy, misjudged comedy and plotlines haphazardly seized and dropped predominate.

Low-Quality People

Spain

Production: A Manga Films release of a Telespan 2000, Telecinco Cinema production with the participation of Tele 5, Canal Plus. (International sales: Notro Films, Barcelona). Produced by Tomas Cimadevilla. Executive producers, Alvaro Agustin, David Serrano. Directed, written by Juan Cavestany.

Crew: Camera (color), David Azcano; editor, Fernando Pardo; music, Miguel Malla. Reviewed at Malaga Film Festival (competing), April 11, 2008. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Alberto San Juan, Maribel Verdu, Javier Gutierrez, Francesc Garrido, Fernando Tejero, Pilar Castro, Antonio Molero.

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