This meta film biz comedy from Argentina duo Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat serves big laughs while providing sharp insight into many of the considerations behind the art and business of getting movies made.
When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to resuscitate his suspect legacy by financing an iconic movie, he hires renowned and somewhat pretentious filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) to direct this redemptive effort. Bringing some star-power to the proceedings are two actors with massive talent and even more massive egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez).
While they may be acting legends, they certainly cannot act in step with one another. Through a series of increasingly bizarre rehearsal demands by Lola, the two actors confront each other and their individual legacies. But Lola’s manipulations, meant to spur performative creativity, may instead usher in a descent into chaos. — Bryan Skinner