Alice King
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Smokers Only

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Limited Release Date
12/20/02
performer
Cecilia Bengolea, Leonardo Brezicki
director
Veronica Chen
author
Veronica Chen, Alejandro Sapognikoff
genre
Drama, Foreign Language, Erotic

We gave it a B-

An unreflective young hustler and a suicidal bohemian singer meet not-so-cute when she spies him servicing a client in a well-lit Buenos Aires ATM vestibule. Soon he’s teaching her how to walk the walk, eager to let her in on the ”power” of knowing what she’s worth. It’s a doomed love story in more ways than one: She can’t separate sex from love; he’s unable to love. And a film school’s worth of visual tricks and mopey pretense doesn’t make that seen-it-before premise any fresher.

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