Friday, May 26, 2017

A Love in Times of Selfies (2014) - Foreign Film Friday

Number Rolled: 27
Movie Name/Year: A Love in Times of Selfies (2014)
Tagline: None
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Length: 116 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: None Listed
Producer: Victoria Aizenstat, Claudio Corbelli, Diego Djeredjian, Jose Paquez, Luis Penna, Fernando Sokolowicz
Director: Emilio Tamer, Frederico Finkielstain
Writer: Emilio Tamer
Actors: Carlos Bala, Roberto Benemio, Graciela Borges, Luis Rubio, Manuel Wirzt, Martin Bossi, Maria Zamarbide, Roberto Carnaghi, Beto Casella, Jorge Crivelli, Ari Paluch, Marcelo Polino
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: Comedy teacher Lucas falls for student Guadalupe, a driven high-tech executive, but their clashing tempers and ideologies threaten to keep them apart.

Selina’s Point of View:
I didn’t hate the love story here, but I found the film painful to watch.

Almost everything felt entirely over or under acted. On top of that, the film was roughly a half hour to forty-five minutes longer than it should have been. I feel like I’ve been sitting here staring at my screen for a life-time.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the characters, not really. They weren’t shallow or lacking, I got what they were trying to portray and why, but I just think it could have been done better.

For all intents and purposes, A Love in Times of Selfies was your basic bitch of romance comedies. It didn’t matter that it was foreign. It didn’t matter that it was almost as long as a fantasy film. It didn’t matter that the majority of the script was roughly the biggest pile of bullshit. It was just a basic rom-com.

If it’d been English and cast with people like Hugh Grant (Extreme Measures, Sense and Sensibility, Nine Months) and Julia Roberts (Notting Hill, I Love Trouble, Pretty Woman), I’d have sworn we went back in time to the 90s. Nothing would have felt out of place at all with it.

I did kind of like the ending. It left plenty of room for debate and discussion.

Although it wasn’t all bad, I have very little interest in seeing this movie again.

Cat’s Point of View:
I am a little conflicted about this movie. There were parts that I adored, but unfortunately there were also parts that weren’t as successful in connecting with me.

I think one of the biggest flaws here was the film’s length. Netflix shows that it’s just shy of two hours long. It felt like at least twice that.

The subtitles, at least, weren’t so much of an issue. I wish that they would have translated the lyrics of some pieces from the soundtrack; but overall, they were pretty good. The text was in a contrasting yellow and was paced fairly well. There were a few hiccups now and again, but if anyone fails to understand this movie – it won’t be because the text failed to deliver.

IMDb labels this as a comedy. I found it somewhere between rom-com and dramedy. It wasn’t quite either, in spite of focusing on a comedian and how he and his peer group navigate love. All told, the movie was unremarkable and the chances are very slim that I would ever watch it again.

Speech Available: Spanish
Subtitles Available: English, Spanish

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.2/10

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

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

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