Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids) (2008)

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A loser with a successful friend discovers his luck might change as long as he doesn't mind betraying his buddy in this edgy comedy from Argentina. Luciano (Daniel Hendler) is a neurotic and accident-prone children's entertainer who is struggling to launch a career as a screenwriter when he's not fretting about his health. After Luciano accidentally puts his performing partner, Sherman (Martin Feldman), in the hospital, he's unable to do shows for a few weeks and is wondering what to do when his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gabriela Medina, Gabriel Medina, Nicolas Gueilburt
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On DVD: May 1, 2010
Runtime:
Oscilloscope Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Medina has taken a series of vignettes and fashioned them into a feature film as aimless as Luciano's life.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
New York Post
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Plays like a dawdling sitcom that strings together small incidents into not very much.

January 22, 2010
New York Times
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Wan Argentine comedy proves that not all slackers are inherently interesting.

January 22, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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With his feature debut, writer-director Gabriel Medina stops blessedly short of making a big generational statement, but The Paranoids does a fine job of evoking youth culture and attitudes in Buenos Aires...

Full Review… | January 21, 2010
AV Club
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Writer-director Gabriel Medina's chokingly offbeat debut is as aimless and confused as its prototypical slacker-comedy hero, who seems to have wandered into a glum dramedy with a hazy noirish aesthetic.

Full Review… | January 19, 2010
Village Voice
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids)

Gabriel Medina's wonderfully crafted debut feature is a fresh, visually innovative, and often hilarious glimpse into the lives of some very offbeat, yet human, characters.

Thirty-something Luciano Gauna is odd. A failing screenwriter in Buenos Aires, Luciano lives in an almost intense state of paranoia, afraid of everything from STDs to even his doorman. When his childhood friend Manuel, a very successful TV producer, returns from Madrid with his stunning new girlfriend Sofia, his world is thrown into a near desperate funk. He discovers that Manuel has unflatteringly modeled him as the lead character on a successful Spanish TV show called THE PARANOIDS, which Manuel is now bringing to Argentina.

When Manuel leaves on a business trip to Chile, Lucian's remaining grip on reality unravels when he's left alone with Sofia and her alluring charm.

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shannon jeunette

Gabriel Medina's wonderfully crafted debut feature is a fresh, visually innovative, and often hilarious glimpse into the lives of some very offbeat, yet human, characters.

Thirty-something Luciano Gauna is odd. A failing screenwriter in Buenos Aires, Luciano lives in an almost intense state of paranoia, afraid of everything from STDs to even his doorman. When his childhood friend Manuel, a very successful TV producer, returns from Madrid with his stunning new girlfriend Sofia, his world is thrown into a near desperate funk. He discovers that Manuel has unflatteringly modeled him as the lead character on a successful Spanish TV show called THE PARANOIDS, which Manuel is now bringing to Argentina.

When Manuel leaves on a business trip to Chile, Lucian's remaining grip on reality unravels when he's left alone with Sofia and her alluring charm.

kyjeunette
kylie jeunette

Oh, so much better than most of what's showing up in theaters these days. What a refreshing change of pace after Scorcese's over-funded self indulgence in Shutter Island and Polanski's lifeless Ghost Writer. Step aside, old men! I'll look forward to seeing more from Mr. Medina. And I completely agree about Daniel Hendler as well. Great perfomance.

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