Everybody Has a Plan (2012) Todos Tenemos Un Plan ***

May 28th, 2013
Author: Meredith Taylor

Director: Ana Piterberg

Writers: Ana Piterberg, Ana Cohan

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino

118 min     Argentinian thriller

The best thing about Ana Piterberg’s Argentinian slow-burning noirish thriller is Viggo Mortensen in the lead role. Speaking in faultless Spanish, (he is an actor obsessed with  really getting under the skin of his character), he plays Pedro, a depressed bee-keeper whose confidence is at a low ebb after being involved in a kidnapping attempt. An interesting premise, then, and an indie which has echoes of the Coen Brothers and offers a challenging role for Mortensen who is utterly convincing here.

He hatches an elaborate plan to fakes his own death and escape from his wife by becoming his twin brother. It’s an ill-thought-out and complex plot, that starts well but ends up having more pitfalls than convincing positives to carry it through a running time of two hours.

Set in the wild and swamp-infested landscape of the Tigre Delta, Piterberg’s ambitious debut does offer some startling scenery which is the perfect backdrop to the psychological twists and turns of the plot and Lucio Bonelli’s camera work evokes an unsettling atmosphere with echoes  of Winter’s Bone, and an atmospheric original score by Federico Jusid. MT

EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN IN ON RELEASE FROM 31 MAY 2013 IN CINEMAS ACROSS LONDON AND THE UK

 

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