DVD Review - Twisted Romance
|Oscar Genova (left) as Raúl and Nehuen Zapata|
as Roberto in "Twisted Romance"
The focus of the movie, though, is on the relationship, not between the mother and daughter who have sex together, but between a young, gay Argentinian named Roberto and an older man named Raúl who seems to be involved in some kind of organized crime. It's twisted because Raúl is sexually aggressive, controlling and even abusive toward Roberto. Writer-director José Celestino Campusano puts the audience in a bit of a quandary. He makes the relationship such that it's somewhat understandable why Roberto would stay, but more of a case as to why he should leave. Yet, Roberto doesn't make the obvious choice and half-way through this movie we wonder why and that question isn't answered satisfactorily.
Strangely, Roberto's sister, Alejandra, who in the first three minutes has sex in an orgy alongside her own mother, then tries to have sex with her brother's gay lover with absolutely no shame and no apologies. The result of that scene is supposed to engender sympathy for Alejandra but has the opposite effect. Roberto has an affair with a sexy, Spanish tourist named César and the result of which is supposed to engender sympathy for Roberto, but the effect makes Roberto seem foolish.
Campusano does a good job of laying out why Raúl does what he does. Despite the fact that he's a criminal, his actions are the ones that make the most sense. It's not that I agree with Raúl's actions or think they're right. It's that his actions have a logic and consistency that the others lack. Everyone else's actions are all over the map.
|Javier De La Vega in a sex scene|
from "Twisted Romance (Vil Romance)"
Two Stars out of Five.
Not Rated But Contains graphic nudity and bloody violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 45 mins.
In Spanish with English Subtitles.