The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
On selected Saturdays and Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly
series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
THE MAGIC GLOVES
(LOS GUANTES MÁGICOS)
"A near masterpiece...The tight script and outstanding ensemble acting draw a wondrously poignant portrait of paralysis and lack of communication in present-day Buenos Aires. Its unflinching view of the state of things here and now is subversively funny." -Film Comment
"Pleasantly absurdist" -Village Voice
"Only Rejtman's sharp eye for absurd detail and the bleakly subtle joke separates comedy from tragedy in this story of listless Bonaerenses chasing their own tails through successive drab rings of urban hell." -TV Guide
His Renault 12 may be old, crappy and terribly un-cool, but for 35-year-old car service driver
Alejandro (played by "Vicentico," singer and leader of the popular Argentine rock band Los
Fabulosos Cadillacs) it's a haven of peace and his sole object of desire - besides disco
dancing, that is. When the good-natured driver runs into fast-talking self-made "Piraña" one
evening, he begins spiraling into an adventure he can't control. Chance encounters and new
friendships with a steadily growing number of lucid, pill-popping psychotics present promising
business opportunities. Alejandro suddenly finds himself rich from selling one-size-fits-all
"magic gloves," which also bring porn, dog-walkers, health-spas and anti-depressants into
Alejandro's life. In this absurdist comedy, Rejtman, a master of dead-pan humor, once again gives
life to endearingly obsessive characters, offers a unique and un-romanticized view of Buenos Aires,
and builds a poetic coherence from apparently banal situations. Los Guantes Mágicos is
an extraordinary and rare opportunity to enjoy the work of one of the most original and respected
filmmakers of the New Argentine Cinema.
Directed by Martín Rejtman, Argentina, 2003, 90 mins
In Spanish with English subtitles.