This is the kind of a world where a guy and a girl have to meet so that some sort of a story can be built around them. By the end of it all, there are two takeaways. One, if you are born dull, a tattoo will bring no change. And two, not every character who looks at the camera and talks to us is a Fleabag.
1.5 stars out of 4
Talk about having a bad day. Marcos (Quim Gutiérrez) loses his girlfriend, and before he can afford to sleep off his misery, he loses his job as well. I am guessing the first one hit him harder. Because this is that kind of a film where a guy and a girl have to be brought together. And then some sort of a story can be arranged around them while they put on their make-ups. But here the girl is missing. So now. the guy must have some faults, so that he can find a girl who will change him. From what we are given, that seems to be the only reason the filmmakers have tried so desperately to make Marcos old-fashioned. So that the girl will ‘cure’ him, fall in love, and serve the film’s purpose.
And so begins Marcos’ journey to become a new man. That Marcos believes wearing a different style of clothes will get him his girl back is not surprising at all. It completely suits the film’s superficiality. Moreover, he is guided by a guru. The sole purpose of this guru (Ernesto Alterio) is to remind us that the film wants to be funny. Following his instructions, Marcos dates new women through dating apps. It is funny how one modern romantic film uses apps to prove that the movie is about modern people. But when the couple meet, the result is a series of unfunny sequences. Still, the next film will repeat this and produce a similar set of results. It is like we hate you, but we need you.
How refreshing it is to find someone like Raquel in this tedious world. Raquel (Natalia Tena) looks fresh, she feels like a real individual, and has opinions and passions that make her interesting. No, she does not meet Marcos through an app. I am guessing if a guy like Marcos saw Raquel as a dating profile, he would have swiped left. Also, I am guessing, if Raquel met Marcos in the real world, she wouldn’t take a minute to reject a guy like him.
But this is a world where the guy and the girl have to meet so that some sort of a story can be built around them. By the end of it all, there are two takeaways. One, if you are born dull, a tattoo will bring no change. Two, not everyone who looks at the camera and talks to us is a Fleabag. If you did not know these already, you might want to check this film out. Or else, you might want to be like Marcos, and opt for new clothes.
Credits (from IMDB):
Abraham Sastre, Iván Bouso