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One Night of Love

90 minutes 2016

In this 2016 Argentinian comedy, middle-aged spouses Leonel (Sebastian Wainraich) and Paola (Carla Peterson), disturbed to learn that their best married friends are breaking up, leave their two kids with Leonel's mother and attempt a date night in Buenos Aires. Their evening out is unobtrusively punctuated by flashbacks and dream sequences that reveal how their problems mirror those of their divorcing friends; in the film's most effective motif, Leonel and Paola repeat the abstract reasons given for the breakup—"the passing of time, the burnout, the routine"—but with growing self-awareness. Other Woody Allen-esque touches, such as the husband's Frank Sinatra CD continually skipping on the track "The Way You Look Tonight"—lend even the more dramatic moments a wry charm. Hernán Guerschuny directed his own script. In Spanish with subtitles.

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