La noche 2016
2h 15min | Drama, Adult| 18 April 2016 (Argentina)
The story tells, from an accentuated hyper-realistic aesthetic, the life of Martin, a man in his forties who is desperately lonely and seeks, through sex, some company, to spend that time of which nothing seems to be expected. Under this constant desolation, he finds in cocaine, alcohol and in some other orgy a state of momentary pleasure every night.
As the intro says there is no real plot here but it is essentially about Martin who is in his forties and lonely. In order to fill the chasm in his heart he seeks random hook ups with anyone willing to have sex or he is willing to pay. He essentially seems to crave affection but substitutes it for carnal delights and a cocktail of drugs.
This is a long film at 135 minutes and a lot of screen time features the rutting, sucking, blowing and general hedonism that surrounds one owns pleasure seeking. For me though it also showed up the mundanity of the the whole business of ‘getting it on’.
There are scenes where not a lot happens, someone makes pasta, another messes with their pizza and there is a lot f slapping on of make up. There is also tons of nudity, ropey night clubs and a few lady boys all thrown into the mix. The overall feeling of the film though is one of loneliness and sadness and a desperation for happiness in often the most base of circumstances.
I am still torn between whether this was Art-house genius or an excuse for am dram porn – I will say I found it hard to watch as some of the sex scenes just went on and on and I sort of got the picture as to what was happening so no need to ram the point home – no pun intended. This is one that you will either love or hate – but for me the jury is still out.
Director: Edgardo Castro
Writer: Eduardo Castro
Stars: Edgardo Castro, Federico Figari, Paula Ituriza