Wily, conniving Bruno (Manuel Vignau) has been dumped by his girlfriend Laura (Mercedes Quinteros), only now he desperately wants her back. She’s not interested, however, as there’s a new man in her life, the charming, good-looking Pablo (Lucas Ferraro). When Bruno realises that she’s not going to give Pablo up, he devises an alternative plan to win her back. But events start spinning out of control when Bruno encounters a few unforeseen complications along the way. Marco Berger builds on his promising earlier short, The Watch (seen in Cannes and Sundance) with this smart, funny feature debut. A beautifully shot reflection on male foibles and friendships, Plan B is grounded in two outstanding performances from Manuel Vignau and Lucas Ferraro that avoid empty rhetoric and easy clichés. Neil Labute meets Marivaux (with a wry, amusing twist) in an appealing modern-day love story set among the roof terraces, gyms and apartments of contemporary Buenos Aires. —BFI
Marco Berger is an Argentinean film director and screenwriter born in 1977.
He studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and made his directorial debut in 2008 with the short films Última voluntad and El reloj. His first feature film was Plan B, which was presented on a number of film festivals (Buenos Aires, Rome, London). But it was with the film Ausent (English title Absent) that he won “Best feature film” for what the judging committee said was “an original screenplay, an innovative aesthetic and a sophisticated approach, which creates dynamism. A unique combination of homoerotic desire, suspense and dramatic tension.”
Although it is a slow-moving film, it is overall a great film. The performances are perfect, and that includes all of the supporting actors. I found the long takes to be well made and they enhanced the viewing, at least for me. It takes a lot of skill, and I felt they were spot on, especially in regards to the actors. That said, sheer slowness can turn off some viewers, but I felt it created a great mood.