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Everybody Has A Plan - Film Review

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by Richard Leathem (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published June 26th 2013
Viggo Mortensen does double time
Director: Ana Piterbarg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego

Everybody has a plan, apparently, although you'd be hard pressed to work out what anyone's planning, or why, in this murky, low-key Argentine drama.

Viggo Mortensen plays twin brothers. One, Agustin, is a married, fairly well-off pediatrician, the other, Pedro, is living in some festering back-water, eking out a life of crime. The fact that the former should assume the identity of the latter may seem a puzzling thing to do, but don't expect answers to his strange behaviour in this muddled enterprise where character motivation remains a mystery.

Why does Agustin suddenly put the kybosh on his pending adoption with his wife? Why does he suddenly leave her? Is there really more money in that sordid crime circle of Pedro's than in his own cushy existence? How can he suddenly be in love with a girl he's just met? Nothing makes sense, and there's little in the way of a rooting interest among the principle or subsidiary characters.

Usually I love stories about assumed identities, but apart from a couple of brief scenes where Agustin is unexpectedly called upon to use his wiles to carry off his daring impersonation, there's little attempt to create much tension from the film's concept.

Mortensen may be playing two characters, but his Pedro hardly registers at all, so despite their different lifestyles, we don't get to appreciate the contrasts between the two brothers. Nor is there much in the way of chemistry between Mortensen and his love interest, played by Soledad Villamil.

No doubt the New York actor (who speaks six languages) is the reason this is getting a theatrical release, it's just a pity that with so few Spanish lingo films finding their way to our cinemas, that Everybody Has A Plan has been selected over others.

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Why? Viggo Mortensen x 2
When: Out now
Where: At selected cinemas
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