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Monday, July 19, 2010

Plan B (Argentina - Spanish)

Plan B is one of those films which is not everyone's cup of tea. The heart is in the right place but the pace at which the film is shot is lethargic specially in this day and age. The film is raw, the acting is raw, none of the lead characters are buffed up or anything; they are every real like you would see someone in everyday life; so in totality it either works or doesn't work. Personally for me, it worked to an extent but could have been improved drastically.

Tall, confident wild-haired Bruno is pissed that he’s been dumped by his girlfriend and upset that she’s seeing another guy, Pablo, a sweet metrosexual charmer. Although she has dumped him, she still sees Bruno occasionally for sex. Determined to get even and get back his girl, Bruno devises a plan that involves befriending Pablo, making him fall in love with him, and then dumping him in the hopes that his ex will run into his arms again. But have things ever remained same the way you plan it. Bruno starts hanging out with Pablo trying to entice him to make him fall in love with him. They start spending a lot of time together but never get physical or anything. A gradual mutual affection starts developing. Bruno gives him final blow when he gives Pablo a letter expressing his love. Pablo confused about everything finds out by a mutual friend that Bruno is actually ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend and probably he has done all this to get back at Pablo. Pablo is sad because at some end he was falling for Bruno. He breaks up with his girlfriend because now he is confused. On the other hand, Bruno now is really falling for Pablo and wants to get back with Pablo.

So the story has its heart in the right place but there are scenes (and a lot of them) where nothing happens. The camera just captures various moments in the 2 men's lives and their hanging out scenes. There is no background music or anything. The director actually focuses a lot on the two actors' faces, as they ponder, decide, ponder some more, dream, think some more, decide, and ponder. The film can definitely use some serious editing and some background music. In my opinion, this would have ended up a really good 30 minute short film but as a full length feature, it fails in keeping the audience captured.

You have to be really patient to understand and appreciate director's vision for this film. For me it worked only partially. (4/10)

9 comments:

Doctor McKinney said...

I just finished watching this one... I enjoyed it I thought half way threw it was gonna end with Bruno going back with the girl and that just made me sorta feel like I had wasted my money on this one but in the end things worked out for the best. I see how you feel this film could have been a short LOL! Lots of scenes in bed sleeping no talking at all LOL! Plus scenes of just the crotchs (Dont worry people they were still dressed!) It was fun and my first new gay themed movie of 2011 YAY!!! I enjoyed it and think my friends at work might even like to see this one.

jr4montaigne said...

Yep, I agree with your about the terribly slow pace and would-be Antonionni long "takes" of buildings and bedroom scenes. The script has no real momentum and the main characters seem rather dated--from a era before cell phones and internet dating. I can't believe that two guys who meet at the gym wouldn't notice things a bit sooner. How can a guy sleep over that much and not end up fooling around? The lost wallet trick is over-worked. With a stronger script, this film could work but it needs the female characters portrayed more strongly.

Grah said...

My view of this the PLAN B is very different from the other two reviews here. I thought it a brilliant film. The slow pace mirrored the gradual development of the confusing love.
Not everything has to be said with words, nor does there always have to be background music to make meaning clear. For me the actors were perfect...just ordinary guys grappling with something very new to them. I suggest people read some of the thoughtful and positive reviews in IMDB

Pitbullshark said...

I didn't see this film, but would like to point out that this film was made by the same man who made "Absence" that you loved so much.

Golu said...

Yeah I realized that after watching Absent. I might have to give this film another shot and watch with more open mind

Doug said...

I really like this movie. I've watched it twice now. It is slow and subtle. The quiet and the slow pace tells the story. There was a lot I picked up the second time that I didn't see the first time. An earlier comment from Doc McKinney said he didn't know how it would end. I didn't either and I really liked that it wasn't predictable.

Golu said...

wow!! Now I feel I really have to watch this one again

Feri Zsolnai said...

I also think this movie was quite good, especially because of the lack of music and very slow pace.
I'm actually very happy to see that some people still make gay-themed films that are not corky comedies, or propaganda for the most superfacial kind of lifestyle and promiscuity, or where gay people are pictured as martyrs. This movie (much like The Sex of the Angels) had believable characters and a touching atmosphere.

Golu said...

I can't agree more. I wish there were more realistic films out there