My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Bromance (Como una novia sin sexo) (2016)

LUCAS SANTA ANA

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   Argentina, 2016.  Sombracine Producciones.  Screenplay by Diego Mina, Lucas Santa Ana.  Cinematography by Mariana Russo.  Produced by Alberto Masliah.  Music by Coiffeur.  Production Design by Augusto Latorraca.  Costume Design by Ramiro Sorrequieta

Three best friends go camping in rural Argentina, bringing their handycam (it’s 1996) to record their adventures as they spend their nights sleeping in a tent and their days on the beautiful, empty beach.  When a girl who is camping by herself shows up for a topless sunbathe, it captures the boys’ attention; when Santiago begins an affair with Julieta, it awakens Daniel to his realization of how he feels about Santiago, all the while Adrian makes phone calls home to his disapproving dad to learn about how his ailing grandfather is doing in the hospital.  Conflict arises as Julieta sees the friction between the boys clearer than they do, with Daniel coming into a comfortable awakening to himself and Santiago emphasizes his denial by doubling down on his heterosexual relationship.  Sounds sexy and intense, but these characters look old enough to know better than the bratty ways that they behave, becoming more and more unappealing as we move towards a downbeat ending that alienates the audience from their plight.  Flat cinematography of gorgeous bodies and beaches doesn’t help much either, for the most part it’s as boring as it is lacking in rewards.

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