by Atzin Ortiz, contributing blogger
They sure know how to sell tickets. The team behind 2010’s biggest local hit “Igualita A Mi”, will probably score big again with this year’s “Dos Más Dos”. They already had, since the movie opened with 110 000+ attendants. Director Diego Kaplan, with a prestigious career in the publicity business, teams again with popular love-him-or-hate-him actor (and producer) Adrián Suar and screenwriters Juan Vera y Daniel Cupazo on a sexual comedy about a couple who attempts to bring back the spark on their relationship while exploring the swinger community.
Suar and Julieta Díaz play a successful upper class couple who has been married for the past 17 years. He has his clinic and she is a weather forecaster on TV. They have a son and their everyday life is routine. They are very good friends with another couple, played by Carla Peterson and Juan Minujín, but they’re not married, have no children and have been swinging for the past 3 years. They will suggest the idea of joining to the club. She will be intrigued, he will be reluctant, but they will eventually fall into the practice.
The production values of this film are top notch. Everything looks perfect, as if we were in a commercial (product placement included). At first, it plays as a mischievous and provocative comedy, allowing the characters (and us) enter into this world without being preachy with moral implications.
Exhibit A & B are two stand out sequences: the first one, a hilarious spirited-free swinger party where their moral limits will be tested; the second: the “rehearsal” dinner of both couples that will involve more than just the main course. The movie relies on a superb cast: Suar is great as a man who talks much but says little; Julieta Díaz has a good blend of grace and desire; Juan Minujín has a persuasive and hypnotic charm; and Carla Peterson, best of them all, steals the movie in a stellar comedic performance as a woman with an unstoppable desire. There are laughs to be had, and some of them cut deep. The script biggest virtue is compromised by it’s unexplicable flaw. Apparently, it looks like it’s more interested in presenting the situation within 4 different points of view. That is until the conventional, poorly developed last act. All of a sudden, the characters start playing as if they were in a completely opposite movie, time rushes with intertitles, and the whole thing concludes in a preachy, safe place, as if the rest of the movie was just a tease, or a fantasy.
As the credits rolled I had my own cinematic fantasy: what if the script dared to keep its hand on the fire, not worrying about getting burned? Maybe it would have been a better comedy, and not just an OK one.
Dos más dos (Argentina/2012) / Directed by: Diego Kaplan / Screenplay: Juan Vera y Daniel Cuparo / Cinematography: Felix Monti / Music: Ivan Wiszogrod / Film editing: Pablo Barbieri / Production Designer: Juan Lovece / Cast: Adrián Suar, Carla Peterson, Julieta Díaz, Juan Minujín, Alfredo Casero / Running time: 107 mins.