The Magic Gloves (2006)

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Martin Rejtman's downbeat comedy Los Guantes Mágicos (The Magic Gloves) follows a large cast of characters as they attempt to get out of their poor circumstances. Alejandro (Gabriel Fernandez Capello) hires himself out as a driver. He chauffeurs Sergio (Fabian Arenillas), who incorrectly believes Alejandro knows his brother Luis (Diego Olivera), an actor in pornographic films. Sergio invites Alejandro to move into Luis' apartment. Alejandro breaks up with his girlfriend Cecilia (Cecilia Biagini), but Cecilia strikes up a friendship with Sergio's wife Susana (Susana Pampin). Susana arranges a trip for Cecilia to a vacation spa, where Cecilia becomes acquainted with a stewardess who begins dating Alejandro. Soon the two men and Luis pool their meager monies and invest in a supply of "magic gloves" that are supposed to fit anyone -- but are rumored to grant their owner special powers. This film was screened in competition at the Locarno Film Festival.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Cinema Tropical

Cast

Susana Pampin
as Susana
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Critic Reviews for The Magic Gloves

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Depression, drugs and professional stasis commingle in The Magic Gloves, a limp urban comedy not nearly as whimsical as its title.

November 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The Magic Gloves is a city symphony in which the metropolis seems an illusory maze and the melody is based on a refrain of recurring riffs.

November 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Fine performances all round, some very droll sight gags and a laconic but illuminating script make for very enjoyable viewing.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The appeal here--and it's a strong one--comes from writer-director Rejtman's great understanding of, and empathy for, the comedy of life.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

While the film suffers from a forced absurdity meant to invoke comedy and laughs along with a sluggish pacing, Rejtman captures the grim monotony of life well.

November 20, 2006
Film Threat

Only Rejtman's sharp eye for absurd detail and the bleakly subtle joke separates comedy from tragedy.

November 7, 2006

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