Suddenly (Tan de repente) (2003)


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A young, naive clerk at a lingerie store learns about love and her own identity in Diego Lerman's 2002 film Suddenly. Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) leads a very banal and stagnant existence, especially since her boyfriend recently dumped her. While walking on the street one day, she catches the eye of a thuggish woman named Mao (Carla Crespo) who immediately decides to have sex with Marcia solely for the sport of it. Recruiting the aid of her friend Lenin (Veronica Hassan), Mao manages to talk Marcia into getting into a cab that the two women promptly hijack. They take Marcia to the coast to see the ocean -- which she has never seen before -- before ending up at Lenin's aunt Blanca's house. Blanca (Beatriz Thibaudin) proves to be much more fascinating than Lenin remembers her to be and the two begin redeveloping a connection. Marcia, Mao, Lenin, and Blanca all affect each other in a number of unexpected ways, thereby developing new, complex relationships that each of the women had lacked in their lives. Suddenly was in competition at the 2002 Locarno International Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Suddenly (Tan de repente)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

The movie, filmed in arty black and white, has some nice moments of dialogue and an offbeat, quirky rhythm that is slightly hypnotic at times.

Nov 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The film has nice black-and-white photography, and attitude to spare, but finally leaves you with that unhappily familiar 'so what?' feeling.

Nov 14, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The 26-year-old Argentine director Diego Lerman shows a sure hand in his debut, from his contrasty black-and-white compositions to his sly, jumpy edits, reminiscent of Godard.

Oct 30, 2003 | Full Review…

Built on small telling gestures and well-observed moments, and periodically rocked by a spasm of everyday weirdness, Suddenly works its charms slowly but steadily.

Oct 30, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An absorbing film, balancing on the edge of steady.

Sep 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An illustration of what happens when new blood hits old or inert cinema: Everything is rejected, or everything is embraced.

Aug 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
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Audience Reviews for Suddenly (Tan de repente)

A superb and highly underrated little road film. Unique, sexually charged and intelligently written.

Randy Tippy
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If you are going black and white, you should have a compelling reason to do so. Instead what we have is a boring series of vignettes of three young women who aren't telling us anything particularly important.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Two girls lure dowdy knicker seller into black and white roadtrip. An Argentinian indy film low on budget and Hollywood gloss, but high on thoughtfulness. I liked it.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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Cast: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan, Beatriz Thibaudin, Maria Merlino, Marcos Ferrante, Ana María Martínez, Susana Pampin, Luis Herrera, Laura Mantel Director :Diego Lerman Summary: Two young lesbian criminals kidnap a heavy-set girl in Buenos Aires, taking her along on a road trip into the Argentinean wilderness in a hijacked taxi. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing they might live to regret. Or will they? My Thoughts: "I liked the fact it was shot in black and white. Not many director's do that, and it was beautifully done. The character's are hard to relate to or even like, but eventually you come to understand them a bit more. It's a somewhat quiet and slow moving, but it fits the flow of the film. A decent little road movie."


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