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Viggo Mortensen stars in Ana Piterbarg’s directorial debut as twin brothers Agustín and Pedro. Agustín is a successful doctor, married to the attractive Claudia (Soledad Villamil, The Secret in their Eyes), and ultimately frustrated with his life. Pedro, on the other hand, is a beekeeper with a sideline in kidnapping. When the latter announces his terminal illness, Agustín sees an opportunity to assume his identity and start afresh, which he grasps immediately.

Stepping into his brother’s shoes however, is not without complications, most notably in the form of his young assistant, Rosa (Sofía Gala, Tetro), and shady childhood friend Adrián (Daniel Fanego). At heart a crime thriller, the film gives the ever-reliable Mortensen an opportunity to shine, creating distinctive and complex characters in the dual role. Neophyte Piterbarg shows an admirable restraint, allowing the plot to unfold at its own pace. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

118 minutes, Argentina, 2012, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


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