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Various reviewers have described Diego Lerman's low-budget Argentinean feature as “warm,” “benevolent,” and “tender,” but these virtues completely eluded my notice—I can't think of another recent art-house film I've hated as much. A heavy young Buenos Aires woman (Tatiana Saphir) who's nursing a broken heart is kidnapped at knifepoint by a pair of cool, sphinxlike lesbians (Carla Crespo and Veronica Hassan), who then hijack a cab and drive to the coast to visit Hassan's elderly, nicotine-tanned aunt. (She's supposed to be real character because she performs a bolero number for her visitors in her living room). Lerman seems to be shooting for the deadpan charm of Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise but I was repelled by the two heartless creeps who set the story in motion and baffled by the protagonist's fascination with them. 94 min.

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