Friday, June 16, 2017

Sabrás Qué Hacer Conmigo (2015) - Foreign Film Friday


Number Rolled: 79
Movie Name/Year: Sabrás Qué Hacer Conmigo (2015)
Tagline: None
Genre: Romance, Drama
Length: 87 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Bh5, Detalle Films, Panorama Global
Producer: Rodrigo Bello, Moises Cosio, Gerardo Gatica, Joceline Hernandez, Alberto Muffelmann, Jacobo Nazar, Renato Ornelas, Mariana Rodriguez Cabarga, Rodrigo Trujillo
Director: Katina Medina Mora
Writer: Emma Bertran, Samara Ibrahim, Katina Medina Mora
Actors: Mora Ferriol Avails, Arturo Barba, Rosa Maria Bianchi, Jose Angel Bichir, Poncho Borbolla, Pablo Derqui, Rodrigo Franco, Jacobo Lieberman, Gabriel Nuncio, Natalia Plascencia, Alejandro Reza, Ilse Salas, Paula Serrano, Mariana Trevino, Eduardo Negrete
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: Artistic Nicolás and enigmatic Isabel share a sudden and intense affair while grave issues simmer just beneath the surface for them both.


Selina’s Point of View:
This is definitely the kind of film I would like to avoid having to review.

That statement probably makes one think that this film was bad, but that’s not the case. I don’t mind watching bad films. I enjoy getting snarky when the occasion calls for it. My issue isn’t that it was foreign, either. I’m enjoying our Foreign Film Fridays.

The reason I would prefer to avoid films like Sabrás qué hacer conmigo is because it was a well-directed, well-written, well-acted film… that I still disliked simply because I dislike all films that are like this one.

It’s not romantic dramas in general. I’ve watched a few of the sub-genre that I enjoy. The problem is this specific flavor of rom-dram.


I always feel so unfulfilled at the end of a film like this. Like there was no real ending. When any movie makes me feel that way, it becomes utterly forgettable. So, I suspect Sabrás qué hacer conmigo not only won’t leave a lasting impression on me, but that I’ll forget I watched it by two days from now.

Meanwhile, during the actual film, I was bored to tears.

I did like getting to see the story from both sides, though. That part intrigued me, and this film did it incredibly well. It didn’t feel overdone or confusing at all.

Despite my personal feelings, there really was nothing wrong with the movie. If you’re interested in the rom-dram sub-genre, then you should check this out. Otherwise, it’s probably not for you.


Cat’s Point of View:
I have to say that this movie was a pleasant surprise. At best, I hoped that I would be able to become invested in this film, whereas I couldn’t seem to find much connection with the last one we watched at all. Totally opposite end of the spectrum here. Not only did I become emotionally invested, some parts of the movie had me talking to my screen.

The framework for the film was interesting. Telling a story from multiple perspectives that overlap isn’t easy and often runs the risk of feeling redundant in places, which could easily lose the interest of the audience. This movie managed to successfully avoid that trap by carefully curating moments that fit together like puzzle pieces to bring the bigger picture together – just the edges of the scenes overlapping only enough to give the audience the necessary frame of reference for when timeline points converge.


The characters had depth and were perfectly portrayed with all their flaws.

I went on quite the feels rollercoaster in watching – scratch that – experiencing this movie. I smiled, laughed, shook my head, rolled my eyes, fussed at the screen, cried, and sympathized. I completely forgot, for the most part, that I was reading subtitles.

Just adding in, a rough translation of the film’s title is “You Will Know What to Do With Me.”

I do, indeed, know what to do; and that is recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys a good dramatic romance story and doesn’t mind needing a few tissues here and there.


Languages
Speech Available: Spanish
Subtitles Available: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Spanish

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 67%
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.5/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating4.5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R

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