Twisted Romance details
|Starring:||Oscar Génova, Nehuén Zapata|
|Genres:||Gay/Lesbian, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Sep 2010|
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Potential unrealisedBy Shikari7 (16 reviews) from Hove, England , 05 Oct 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]One feels with this film that it could have been so much more. The two leads are decently acted, and their characters are interesting, particularly Roberto, a tall, slender and fragile youth who endures rough sexual treatment at the hands of the much older Raúl, but who, despite (or because of?) this treatment pairs up with him as his lover.
The film gets sidetracked into subplots involving other characters - such as Roberto's mad-as-a-hatter sister - which distract from the dynamic of the central pairing, without making much of a contribution to it; and this contributes to the movie feeling distinctly overlong at 105 minutes. Whether for this, or for some other reason, one can't help feeling at the end that the film is perhaps not quite as engaging as it should have been.
There is one other point. Unfortunately, the English subtitles that are provided for this movie (and for anyone who speaks Spanish, the subtitles are non-removable) are pretty shoddy. Sometimes they are on screen for far too short a time, and it is frequently clear that the translation is a poor one. One can still follow the plot perfectly, but the careless subtitling gets quite annoying after a while, and definitely detracts from one's appreciation of the movie.
In summary, then, it's probably easiest to watch this movie in two or three chunks, rather than all at once. It is not by any means without interest, as it explores the power play between the two central characters and the limitations of the older guy's macho self-image. Director José Campusano is still honing his craft, but this movie is a promising, if flawed, start.
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Just awfulBy a customer , 11 Sep 2013One of those appaling films with real sex or at least the young man is seen sexually aroused. Yaaaawn! What some people will do to try and gain publicity. So yesterday, Avoid like the plague!
Errrmmmmmm, not sure about thisBy MsLilly (265 reviews) from London , 15 Nov 2011This was just a handheld camera with bad acting and bad camera work and bad subtitles, I appreciate its an independent movie etc, but it just really didn't deliver anything than wondering when it was going to end.......
AWFUL - Honestly!By Pranot (4 reviews) , 21 Jul 2011Possibly the worst film I have ever seen! Nothing nice about it. Reviews are probably written by the people who made the movie and even they did not like it that much. MISS!
A kind of love.By Nitaray (222 reviews) from Farnham , 27 Jan 2011A young man searches for a gay lover, and in his inexperience, finds himself in bad company. At times, this amateurish film is quite frightening, but always absorbing. It provides an insight into the dark and seamier side of homosexuality, telling the story of this young man in a simple, unvarnished way. The lead actors are excellent but the film must have been made on the veritable shoestring, as the subtitles - as other viewers have already mentioned- are not only either too fast or too slow, but a grammatical disaster. Never mind. I thought it was good, in its own way.
argentine beefcakeBy papatez (330 reviews) from folkestone , 17 Jan 2011It's not the best film around but it does at least give an interesting insight into daily life in Argentina. A curious relationship between lead actors that ends predictably, by the time you reach the end of the movie. Well made and presented film that just lacks a really gripping story line, although the mistakes in the translation shown in the subtitles borders on hilarious on ocassion.