Only for Today | Chicago Reader

Only for Today

A verite-style look at five young friends sharing an apartment in a grungy section of Buenos Aires and working low-level jobs that clash with their creative aspirations (2000). The latest lost generation, they brood over life's small disappointments, too young to be disillusioned but too old to ignore the future. Director Ariel Rotter heads a crew made entirely of film students from Argentina's Universidad del Cine, and though she seems to have trouble weaving together all the film's narrative strands, she has a wonderful feel for the desultory tempo of life on the urban fringe, adopting the jittery camera, snazzy optical effects, and jagged music of Hong Kong's poet of romantic languor, Wong Kar-wai. 100 min.

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