Vidas Privadas (2001)
A Film Review
Copyright Dragan Antulov 2005
Thanks to American cultural imperialism,
Protagonist of the film Carmen Uranga (played by Cecilia Roth), Argentine woman who spent two decades in
VIDAS PRIVADAS is well-acted film, which isn't that surprising with Cecilia Roth, the most respected Argentine actress and Paez's real life wife, playing the lead role. She is also helped with a small but very good cast of Argentine actors and Mexican superstar Gael Garcia Bernal. Strong acting, however, won't compensate some serious flaws in script and direction. The beginning of the film, when audience meets characters in all their quirkiness, is the best, but the second half represents big disappointment with "surprising" plot twist that belongs more to telenovela than serious drama. Paez also has some problems with direction, making some scenes rushed and confusing. But the worst problem is in average viewers' inability to properly comprehend the film due to their lack of familiarity with certain tragic chapters of Argentine history. Those chapters are the very essence of the plot's resolution and without them film loses much of its impact. Argentine viewers probably won't have problem understanding what this movie is all about, but the rest of the audience will be at odds with its cryptic nature.
RATING: 4/10 (+)