This very clever Mexican first feature by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa from a
script by Alex Marino (org story by Blas Valdez) uses a shape shift
narrative mixing dreams fantasy & memory with dual points of view.
Chelo (Barbara Mori) has been dreaming for a year of her fantasy man
and now her dreams & fantasies have begun to intrude on her waking life.
Friends encourage her to get out, try to arrange dates, there's a man
who repeatedly calls trying to ask her out, but she has no interest.
When her "friend" who makes fun of her celibacy & fantasy man,
excitedly calls her to share that she's just met a great guy in a bar,
the news seems to unhinge Chelo's fragile psyche.
She calls in sick, dresses up to go out, but then bang's her face,
bites her lip to make it bleed, and goes to the Police Station to
report that she was attacked in a mall parking garage. The man
she describes to the Police Sketch Artist is her fantasy man.
Her paranoia increases as her dreams seem to be taking over her
real life. Then she gets a call from the Police, they have a man in
custody, they want her to come in and take a look at him. From
behind the safety of a two-way mirror she see's the man of her
dreams framed before her! She refuses to i-d him and hurries
out of the station.
At this halfway point the Vice Versa occurs and Marco's (Leonardo
Sbargila) point of view is shown, which calls to question what you
might've thought was going on. The tilt-a-whirl fun house narrative
takes obsession, trauma, & revenge and whips them spiraling into an
inevitable conclusion. This is a smart, quick 85 minute ride which ends
in a stylish split screen coda.
Ullola shows great promise as a director and since this film has done a
drama (from a novella by Blas Valdez) Restos with Sbargila in 2011 and
is supposed to direct a gritty armored car robbery noir Black Wings
Has My Angel with a script adapted by Barry Gifford from an obscure
50's hardboiled novel by Elliot Chaze. Cast is said to include Anna Paquin
& Elijah Wood, scheduled to go before the cameras in Sept of 2012.