Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids)


Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids)

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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 old friend Manuel (Walter Jakob) returns to Buenos Aires for a visit. Manuel is the star of a popular television show in Spain, and he's dating a beautiful woman, Sophia (Jazmin Stuart), who comes along for the ride. Manuel helps Luciano land a writing assignment, but it's uncomfortably obvious he's only helping his pal out of a sense of obligation and doesn't believe in his talent. As Luciano struggles to meet his deadline, Manuel is called away on business for a few days, and Sophia, a stranger in town, spends some time with Luciano while her boyfriend is away. Sophia finds Luciano's eccentricities endearing rather than annoying, and he soon realizes he has the opportunity to steal his friend's lover away. Los Paranoicos (aka The Paranoids) was an official entry at the 2008 Buenos Aires Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids)

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

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Plays like a dawdling sitcom that strings together small incidents into not very much.

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Wan Argentine comedy proves that not all slackers are inherently interesting.

    Jan 22, 2010
  • 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...

    Jan 21, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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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.

    Jan 19, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Most of the time, this Argentinean film's pace and tone fall into a despondent, desultory state

    Jan 27, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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