SLAFF's Argentinian Una noche de amor/One Night of Love directed by Hernán Guerschuny starts nicely with titles (couldn't see whether they were by the same guys as did Permitidos?) filmed downwards on shaven headed Sebastián Wainraich driving a red kiddie car around stops on a play mat. They pick up on this later in the film with drone shots of his full size car in the night time traffic.
However the piece has a design that hasn’t been obvious to this point. Apart in the street-lit night, Wainraich has an fantasy of a being paired with the appealing young neighbour and snaps out of that. Again with Peterson he realises that the children he didn’t want and now dominate their lives he can’t imagine living without.
The leads are personable enough but their TV background hasn’t delivered them the assurance to head up one of these. A few nice touches like the kids sprawled out, cut to the similar disorder of fruit salad on a bench, or the couple’s romantic moves frustrated by seat belts. Details are exactly chosen - the Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” CD that his car stereo has been mangling or the joke of the Clintons pulling into a service station and finding one of her old flames pumping gas. Bill turns round and says "That's what you would have married." Hilary replies "If I'd married him, he'd be president of the United States."
The film’s interest is that it is delivering elements that are familiar in a way suggests more reality than we are used to seeing - and about time. I was beginning to wonder whether my curiosity about Argentinian film was misplaced.