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Play (2005)

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As Chilean writer-director Alicia Scherson's debut feature, the psychodrama Play explores the ramifications of an infatuation that threatens to erupt into full-blown obsession. It unfolds in Santiago, Chile, where Cristina (Viviana Herrera), a young Mapuche who hails from the country's southern regions, works as a caregiver for a Hungarian émigré. After Tristan (Andres Ulloa), a well-to-do architect recently abandoned by his wife Irene (Aline Küppenheim), is accosted and robbed near the Hungarian's residence, Cristina happens to find his briefcase the following morning (in a metal bin) and eagerly tears it open, sifting through its contents. Though relatively banal, the ingredients - an iPod, identification cards, a notebook, the wife's vest - fascinate Cristina, who becomes fixated on probing and prying into Tristan's life. She first breaks into the couple's home, then tracks Tristan all over Santiago. Finally, Cristina's obsession reaches a new level when she swipes Irene's clothes and makeup and wears them herself, then ignites a torrid affair with the couple's gardener, Manuel (Juan Pablo Quezada). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Andres Ulloa
as Tristan Greenberg
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Critic Reviews for Play

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Finally, a winning and sensitive take on modern metropolitan life across the class divide.

January 16, 2007 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Scherson creates a host of enjoyably idiosyncratic characters, including Tristan's flamboyant blind mother and her magician lover. And beneath the visual stylisation and ironic humour lies a perceptive enquiry into identity and class.

January 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Total Film

An offbeat, quietly absorbing film that manages to depict loneliness without being depressing. It's light on emotional impact, though.

January 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

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