There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Leo (Oscar Martínez) has problems. A successful playwright, he and his wife, Martha (Cecilia Roth), are trying to figure out how to live now that their kids have all left home. Martha’s going back to school, making new friends, and generally making Leo feel pissy and ignored. Leo’s got eyes for his dentist, his kids are too busy to talk to him for long, and he just can’t seem to read his son-in-law’s manuscript, so he totes that around to cafés (Buenos Aires is apparently the sort of place where waiters sweat playwrights to read their chapbooks). In his off-time, he flies his RC plane with a psychiatrist friend and has ever-greater trouble discerning between his life and his fantasies, including the occasional song-and-dance scene that erupts behind him. But just when you think the problem with this film is that Leo’s problems aren’t very interesting, the film’s twist ending explains their increasingly dreamlike quality, and not the way you’d think. It’s about as satisfying as watching a man in late middle age ignore a production number.
Sunday at 7:45 p.m. Also at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Both showings at Regal Gallery Place.