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Depression, drugs and professional stasis commingle in The Magic Gloves, a limp urban comedy not nearly as whimsical as its title.
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.
Fine performances all round, some very droll sight gags and a laconic but illuminating script make for very enjoyable viewing.
[Director Martin] Rejtman depicts every crisis and solution in the film in the same unflappable, static style, generating humor from the characters' and the camera's persistent lack of reaction.
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.
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.
Only Rejtman's sharp eye for absurd detail and the bleakly subtle joke separates comedy from tragedy.
The film's amusing running gags notwithstanding, Rejtman makes the mistake of adopting the depressed, disinterested feelings of his characters, confusing apathy for poetry.
Capello provides an engaging, deadpan performance, quietly acceding to his increasingly convoluted living and working arrangements, and finding solace in his own gentle style of disco-dancing.
"The Magic Gloves" is a quirky and likable little movie ...
An absurdist comedy about the 'luck' that robs a Buenos Aires cab driver, Alejandro, of everything but his love of disco dancing.
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