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Autumn Sun

Clara (Norma Aleandro) is almost content in her middle years with a life of loneliness, daydreams, and lies. When she learns that her brother plans to visit her in Buenos Aires, she has to find a man to pass off as the Jewish fiance she's invented. Raul Ferraro (Federico Luppi) answers her personals ad as Saul Levin, but Clara isn't fooled; she proposes coaching him, and he agrees. They fall for each other, but she clings to the idea that he isn't good enough for her. Luppi is eloquent with few words, Aleandro expressive despite so many, and their pervasive extended close-ups never become facile or tiresome. Director Eduardo Mignogna (who wrote the screenplay for this 1996 feature with Santiago Carlos Oves) weaves in a crafty subplot about an ominous young purse snatcher and uses some deceptively simple fantasy sequences to reveal, without condescension, how Clara's bigotry hides her fears. He's made what could easily have been a formula romance into a complex character study. in Spanish with subtitles. 110 min.

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