16 January 2009
SOBREVIVIRE aka I WILL SURVIVE (1999)
SOBREVIVIRE aka I WILL SURVIVE (1996)
Priča o biseksualcima ima koliko god oćeš. ali sve se svode na to da ko po nekoj matemačkoj definiciji prelaze iz muškog u ženski tabor pa opet natrag! Tri moje najveće ljubavi pripadaju toj skupini. Po pravilu to su najjače i iz početka najiskrenije veze. Naprosto ne mogu se te veze ni stvoriti ako se krije brak ili verenica. Na žalost uglavnom se sve te životne priče završe vrlo tužno. Provede čovijek neko vrijeme u braku , pa se razvede ili provede čitav život upetljan u sopstvene laži, rastrgnut između pičke i kurca! Ne znam kako će se završiti ova moja zadnja romansa, ali predhodne dvije su završile vrlo jadno. Oženili se, dobili đecu, žive po pravilniku društva, al noću se iskradaju iz kreveta i trče u naručje muškarca ili se smucaju po koje kakvim mjestima tražeći dobar kurac! Jednog redovno viđam po pederskim sajtovima, a za podvige ovog drugog čujem iz okruženja druge države!
Najveće zaprepaštenje sam doživio kada mi je jedna cura došla u posjetu i započela priču:
- Znam sve o vama, rekao mi je!
-Šta ti je rekao? ( crvenim)
-( čutim i propadam sa 4 sprata u podrum)
- Znaš šta ja mislim? Mi smo predivna trojka, svi se volim, On voli i mene i tebe , ti voliš i mene i njega, a ja vas volim obadvojicu!
Ovaj film govori upravo o tim odnosima. Kako peder postaje str8 pa onda opet peder, a jadna cura se u čudu našla! I sve to začinjeno na španski način.
Pa ako vam odgovara tema , pogledajte ovaj prilično zabavan film, koji bi po meni trebalo da bude komedija, a ono se pretvorilo u pravu dramu i romansu.
Inače režiser ovog filma je več poznat po sličnim filmovima. Pogledajte I love you baby!
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes
Duration: 102 min
Actors: Emma Suárez, Juan Diego Botto, Mirta Ibarra, Rosana Pastor, Manuel Manquińa, Ŕlex Brendemühl, Javier Martín, Adriŕ Collado, Elena Irureta, Alberto San Juan, José Manuel Cervino, Maite Blasco, Elena Ballesteros, Montserrat Alcoverro, Carmen Arbex, Pedro Aunión, Libby Brien, Omar Butler, Manel Castillejos, Ramón Enrich Borrellas, María Esteve, Lucía Etxebarría, Quique Guaza, Fernando Guillén, Angelita Heredia, Philip Hersh, Valentín Hidalgo, Inma Isla, Raúl Jiménez, Duna Jové, David Laborda, Esperanza López Tamayo, Carlos Lucas, Dani Martín, José Antonio Menchen, Patricia Mendi, Maite Merino, Ivan Nieto-Balboa, Pilar Ordóńez, Francesc Pagés, Gustavo Pastor, Pepe Patatín, David Pomares, Juan Prado, Núria Prims, Ana Rayo, Montse G. Romeu, Raúl Sánchez, Ruth Sánchez, Paula Soldevila, Marta Suárez, Fausto Talón, Fernando Tejero, Paz Vega, Alfredo Villa
Marga is a feisty young woman who has sought to slip out from under her parents' control her entire adult life. Slowly, and with significant help from her best friend Trini, she begins to come into her own. Just when it seems Marga has her life together, tragedy comes calling with a vengeance. First, she loses her job when Trini sells her out to the adulterous boss (whom the gal pal is sleeping with). The layoff causes financial problems, but at least Marga has her main man Roberto. Without warning, said boyfriend is killed in a car accident, leaving Marga alone and pregnant with his son. Hoping to make ends meet, she takes a job at a local video store. As time passes and her child grows, she ends up owning the establishment.
One day, Ińaqui walks into her store and the attraction is instantaneous. Marga falls head over heels for the dark and mysterious hunk. And he seems to really like her. But there is a problem. Ińaqui is gay. Or perhaps, it is better to say he is a very confused homosexual. Whatever the case may be, he adores Marga and they seem to make a perfect couple. But biology and psychology have a way of messing up even the most promising love affair, and as their level of commitment deepens, the potential pitfalls to Marga and Ińaqui's relationship grow wider. Can the lifestyle-crossed lovers find a way to make their devotion work? Or will they only find themselves alone again, filled with despair and thinking to themselves "I Will Survive" as their hearts slowly break?
A little unfocused as it starts, and slow to unfold its eventual delights, I Will Survive (translated from the original Spanish title Sobreviviré) is kind of a motion picture irregularity. It wants to be a romantic comedy, but it keeps injecting tragedy and despair into the plot to provide obstacles to the "happily every after." This makes the movie a little disconcerting at times. It also wants to be a politically sensitive exploration of the differences and the possible interpersonal interactions between men—specifically gay men—and women. But it appears to be afraid to tackle such issues head-on, and instead hints and insinuates at the possible problems and considerations.
In essence, I Will Survive is an overly cautious cautionary tale, a tricky testament to the very fickle and fated nature of love and lifestyle choice. It uses the basics of quixotic pleasantry to say some serious things about sexual identity and societal roles (especially in the highly religious nation of Spain) while occasionally perverting those principles for its own interests (especially in the surprisingly frank ending). But the overall effect is less than enlightening. We never really get to understand our lovers and the reasons for their infatuation/frustration. Potentially provocative subplots (Trini's infidelity with the boss, Marga's son, Ińaqui's ex-boyfriend and the art community) are tossed by the wayside for meaningless montages to life and lust. We wonder how a practicing homosexual, obviously ensconced in the entire way of life, can suddenly stop with the sodomy and enjoy sex with a woman. And we conjecture on what it says about Marga's self-esteem that she sleeps with a gay man and assumes she has both "cured" him and deserves nothing better herself. I Will Survive cannot answer these questions and, frankly, it never really wanted to try. It is using hot-button issues to push along a passive narrative, and that is never a good cinematic idea.
This simple movie—with intricate issues inside—is good, but not great. It fails to pull off the emotional hat trick of having us care for Marga, Ińaqui, and their relationship. We do tend to root for the miserable widow, especially as played by Emma Suarez with a wide face of fragile honesty. But Juan Diego Botto takes his role of the gay Romeo too seriously, balking with unavoidable angst every time situations get serious or sincere. As a couple, there is a nice chemistry between the two, and each can portray both strength and vulnerability in completely believable fashion. Indeed, the best part about I Will Survive is the performances. Even with characters that should resonate as clichés or archetypes, the actors manage to overcome the formulaic to create winning individuals. Never once is a stereotype stationed among the other homosexuals, and principles that should be annoying (like the Grand Dame of Cuban kookery Rosa, as played by Mirta Ibarra) find the decency behind the disheartening.
But good performances alone cannot save I Will Survive. The movie needs more of a heavy heart and the filmmakers cannot craft such somber sentiments. Co-directed with far too much self-awareness by the team of Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes, there are too many camera tricks and fancy fade-outs to keep the story from shifting. The duo keeps trying to impose dreamy and wistful elements onto their topical tale to keep it light and airy. Yet their use of the beautiful Henry Mancini standard Moon River seems cute and cloying, more of a fabrication than a relationship factor. I Will Survive is like a writer who keeps rethinking his story as he goes along. The lack of a clear atmosphere or tone turns what could have been passionate into just passable.
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