La Cruz (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Argentina  |  
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In this dark comedy from Argentine director Alejandro Agresti -- best known for his social and political dramas -- follows a depressive, boozy and self-absorbed middle-aged film critic down a self-destructive path. There is nothing very nice about Alfredo so it is not surprising that his wife and daughters left him months before. Since then, his ability to review films has been seriously impaired. When his editor confronts him, an explosive argument ensues and Alfredo loses his job. As a result, his drinking and his funk increases dramatically. When not wandering aimlessly around Buenos Aires ranting and raving about his wretched life and his wife, he plots revenge upon Pablo the painter whom he believes stole her from him. His plan involves finding Pablo's ex lovers and interviewing them for potentially damaging gossip. He hits paydirt when he encounters Eloisa and starts pretending to be Pablo to confuse her.

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abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, artist, critic, deception, depression, film, impersonation, injustice, jealousy, lover, mental-illness, mid-life-crisis, painting, revenge, self-destruction