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Suddenly (2002)

Cast: Marcos Ferrante, Laura Mantel, Tatiana Saphir, more...
Director: Diego Lerman
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Empire Pictures
Genre: Foreign, Gay & Lesbian, Latin America, Features, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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A young, naive clerk at a lingerie store learns about love and her own identity in Diego Lerman's 2002 film Suddenly. Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) leads a very banal and stagnant existence, especially since her boyfriend recently dumped her. While walking on the street one day, she catches the eye of a thuggish woman named Mao (Carla Crespo) who immediately decides to have sex with Marcia solely for the sport of it. Recruiting the aid of her friend Lenin (Veronica Hassan), Mao manages to talk Marcia into getting into a cab that the two women promptly hijack. They take Marcia to the coast to see the ocean -- which she has never seen before -- before ending up at Lenin's aunt Blanca's house. Blanca (Beatriz Thibaudin) proves to be much more fascinating than Lenin remembers her to be and the two begin redeveloping a connection. Marcia, Mao, Lenin, and Blanca all affect each other in a number of unexpected ways, thereby developing new, complex relationships that each of the women had lacked in their lives. Suddenly was in competition at the 2002 Locarno International Film Festival. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Girls on the (Mediocre) Run by talltale March 19, 2005 - 8:28 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
SUDDENLY's a disappointment, perhaps once again due to expectations raised by reviews that were a bit too kind. Yes, it's nice to see a (very) low-budget film from Argentina that goes places that surprise you a little. But nothing about the film--from the performances to the cinematography to the writing and direction--offers much that pulls you in. Instead it keeps pushing you away.

I'm all for reticence, but that quality only works once you learn enough about the characters involved to begin to care. This "caring" barely starts to take hold, and then the film is over. The cinematography really is uninteresting, bordering at times on ugly--without appearing to be aiming for that quality. The performances are as good as possible, given the so-so screenplay. Compared to another recent Argentine "art" movie "La Cienaga," this one pales considerably.

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