Collect Call | Chicago Reader

Collect Call

A sleazy, cynical, self-referential tale from director Luis Argueta, in which actor Oscar Almengor—star of Argueta's 1994 film The Silence of Neto—plays himself, a Guatemalan farmhand who dreams of a movie career. Lured to New York by Argueta's promise of work, Almengor arrives to learn that the director is out of town and falls prey to Argueta's girlfriend and his driver, sadomasochistic lovers who take him for all he's got. Although Argueta manages to wring some genuine emotion out of Almengor's thwarted dreams, his film is ultimately pointless. In Spanish with subtitles. 82 min.

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