Wake Up, Love | Chicago Reader

Wake Up, Love

A man nicknamed Elvis decides to host a reunion dance, tracking down friends he hasn't seen since he was a teenager in the 60s. The guests are to include a friend his depressed wife, whom he hopes to cheer up, had wanted to marry, and the question of whether her seeing this man again will lead to their having sex is complicated by a delicate twist of fate. This mutedly realist 1996 contemplation of midlife and the value of nostalgia uses suggestion as much as plot to create ingeniously round characters, and the fluidity with which writer-director Eliseo Subiela (Man Facing Southeast) alternates their perspectives is beguiling. The structure appears almost clumsy, but the connections between plot points are subtle and the infusions of humor generous and unexpected. Inspired by a poem by Mario Benedetti. With Juan Leyrado, Dario Grandinetti, and Soledad Silveyra. 98 min.

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