A group of girls and boys in their twenties settle in a country house that seems completely isolated from civilization. One of them writes a novel while the others try to become a gang and prepare a robbery; some fall in love, or seem to be, or believe (or say) they are in love.
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Another fluid and smart "contemporary"movie, with the correct influences to make "different" and"interesting, which led a curator and film critic who presented the session to evoke Max Ophuls, just in case that the traveling shots would indicate another author on the head of the unsuspecting viewer. The biggest liar here, in addition to programmers and critics, is the director himself.
I'm going to have to see this again (preferably with better subtitles) to have more than a hazy idea of what it all adds up to, but on a moment-to-moment level this is pretty wonderful, and suggests Viola wasn't so much a breakthrough for Piñeiro as a further refinement of an already fully-developed sensibility.
A drier Rivette redux (rehash?) - with the references to & concern with national politics, the conspiracies, the theater, the literariness etc.- but here far more schematic, more plotted & pieced. Narrative has become an abstract geometry of motives, even character (so important to Rivette) is reduced to trope (white lady, doll etc) and the mystery feels slightly mass-produced. Still enjoyable and thought-provoking.
Se nota el germen de Matías Piñeiro, la constante y consabida base de todas sus películas. Pero “Todos mienten” es demasiado cruda, no está lo suficientemente pulida. Es la semilla en bruto. Esto lo ha mejorado en sus siguientes filmes.
Un film incroyablement "chorégraphié", tout en mouvement, imprévisible ! Je n'ai pas tout compris mais ces menteurs me sont apparus comme des jeunes individualistes, à la personnalité bien affirmée, très créatifs et merveilleusement aptes à vivre ensemble. Ils font plaisir à voir.
Hmmm... Maybe it's just me...
The subtitles were bad (I'm versed in Argentine Spanish) and even the diction/sound recording was poor (I watch these films pumped through a proper old-school HiFi system). In spite of this I stuck through it... Reading over the synopsis it doesn't seem like I missed anything, so perhaps this one just missed me.
If I ever come back to this one day, perhaps it will mean something. Or not!
Sin convencionalismos americanos en cuanto al guión, Piñeiro retoma al cine como un revelador de la persona, donde a través de situaciones, se revela pedazos de la vida de personas, pero al mismo tiempo asumiendo, tal como en la vida, que no se sabe nada más de ellos, aun permaneciendo completos. Con este pretexto, a través de una narrativa borrosa, se logra experimentar vida, mas que contar un cuento o historia.
A movie that didn't say anything to me. I guess the only thing keeping me from rating it ★☆☆☆☆ is that I've liked the location... I wanted more, though. I won't abandon the idea of watching the latter Matías Piñeiro's films, but it's outta my own will, not because of this piece.