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Not Love Just Frenzy Review


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Apparently there comes a time in an urban twenty-something's life when the mere sight of men dressed up in drag, singing in campy falsettos, is enough to strike up the rebel spirit. If it's that time for you, don't hesitate to drop seven bucks on Not Love Just Frenzy.

Películas Frenéticas, the collective pseudonym for the three directors (Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardem and David Menkes) responsible for this picture, bring us a frantic, Chasing Amy-esque tale of seven young hipsters rampaging through Madrid on a coke-charged humping spree. There's Max (Nancho Novo) the possibly homicidal gigolo, Monica (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) the nymphomaniac bartender-come-actress, Yeye (Ingrid Rubio) the innocent idealist, Maria (Beatriz Santiago) the lonely hepcat, Alberto (Gustavo Salmeron) the artistic and adventuresome homosexual-whose-mother-doesn't-know, Alex (Javier Albala) the ambiguous bisexual who complicates Alberto's life, David (Liberto Rabal) the straight cokehead Alberto lusts after, Luis (Javier Manrique) the cop on Max's six, and three drag queens thrown in for street cred. If this all sounds complex, it isn't.

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Lovers of the Arctic Circle Review


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Surprising, haunting, magical, and spiritual -- Lovers of the Arctic Circle presents a strange story of love and bizarre coincidence, a journey across decades that begins when a boy falls in love with a girl at school. When their parents end up getting married, "brother and sister" begin a torrid affair, then eventually split up when, as a young man, the boy leaves to seek his destiny. As adults, the two try to seek each other out again, converging upon a small island in the Arctic Circle.

Reminscent of Map of the Human Heart, the film is slow to get going and a bit gimmicky (telling the story from both points of view, repeating the scenes with a different slant), but it all pays off in the end. Give it a chance; you're sure to fall in love with all three actresses that play the woman throughout her life.

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