Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) 2013 R CC

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Viggo Mortensen stars in this powerful and provocative crime thriller about an Argentine doctor who escapes his boring life by assuming the identity of his deceased twin brother. English subtitles.

Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Ana Piterbarg
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil
Supporting actors Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofía Gala, Oscar Alegre, Joaquín Daniel, Carolina Román
Studio Fox
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason on June 30, 2013
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Fans of Viggo Mortensen will adore this brooding, tangled, slow-burn slice of South American noir. He dominates the narrative and the screen for the two-hour running time, playing dual roles as twin brothers going through the ultimate mid-life crisis and catharsis.

The action shifts from the swamps of the Tigre Delta where the brothers grew up, to the slick city of Buenos Aires and back again. The film contrasts the lives, characters and lost opportunities of the pair, who obviously chose different paths when they reached adulthood... but whose destinies seem to be woven together. When Agustín, a city doctor, starts to implode under the weight of his suffocating relationship, his twin brother Pedro pays a surprise visit and provides an escape route alternative existence. It's the ultimate get-out from a stifling life: ditch all responsibilities, flee to the rural badlands and a simple existence of bee-keeping, and return to the log-cabin life of childhood fantasy.
Except it's not that simple... because Pedro is not a moral man. His criminal activities and cronies dominate Agustín's return to the community. Agustín's gentle, thoughtful nature endear him to the young woman who helps tend the bees, but to Pedro's associates who kidnap, brutalise and kill, he is considered a weakling, not a *real* man like his brother.
Mortensen's performances are intense and compelling, crafting two distinct and credible characters with sparse dialogue (spoken in Spanish, subtitled in English). Agustín evolves throughout the film - at first not even wanting to touch his brother's shoes, then reflexively slipping into them when rousted from his bed by the local lawmen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
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Todos tenemos un plan (Everybody has a plan) is very slow moving Argentinean film written (with Ana Cohan) and directed by Ana Piterbarg. It seems the primary reason for bringing this story to the screen is to make use of the fact that fine actor and star Viggo Mortensen lived in Argentina for ten years, speaks the language fluently, and probably more than any other actor is able to bring off this tale of a man who assumes the identity of his deceased twin. The story jumps all over the place, leaving the audience confused at the events. It is clear that the title of the movie does not relate to the writer director: the grand plan of the film is missing.

The story deals with identical twin brothers whose lives could not be more different: Agustín (played by Mortensen) would appear to have the ideal life. He's a pediatrician with an attractive wife Claudia (Soledad Villamil) living comfortably in Buenos Aires. The couple is in the midst of arranging the adoption of a baby, but the idea of having an infant in the house reminds Augustine that he is not at all comfortable with children, despite his being a successful pediatrician. Agustín reverses his consent at the last minute, and his changed behavior creates a schism that brings to the surface the true sense of lack of fulfilment that Agustín feels with his life. In the midst of a depressive episode Agustín decides to lock himself in a room, Claudia leaves just to retreat from her disappointment and loathing of Agustín. Agustín receives a visit from his estranged twin brother, Pedro (also played by Mortensen), a beekeeper on an island by the river, who reveals he has terminal lung cancer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 10, 2013
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Viggo Moretensen makes his debut Argentinean film and gets to play twin brothers. The first is Augustin who lives a seemingly charmed life in Buenos Aries; he is a paediatrician and his beautiful wife thinks they have everything except a child to share it with. So she has decided to adopt and is full of the joys of spring at the prospect. Augustin seems to be less exuberant. Then his twin brother turns up after a noted absence. This is black sheep and alleged ‘bee keeper Pedro also played by Moretensen.

When Pedro reveals that he has terminal cancer it gives Augustin the chance to assume his brothers identity and go back to the rural life of their youth in the Tigre Delta. Once he gets there he finds himself not only attracted to one of the locals but also walking blind into the turmoil of his brothers past criminal activity. It seems he was making more than just honey. That leads to a past where debts are owed and he will have to take on the role of pay master.

So is it any good? Well yes and slightly maybe, Moretensen is always good value and a female supporting cast from Soledad Villamil (‘The Secret in their eyes’) as his wife and Sofía Gala Castaglione as his Delta island interest both give outstanding performances. Whilst some of the others are not as strong; this is somewhat made up by the excellent direction from Ana Piterbarg in her first time big screen production and the cinematography which captures the stark landscape and atmosphere really well.

It is not a feel good film but one that has a story to tell and it is good to see South America making so many good to excellent films lately of which I feel this is certainly one of the good ones. Presented in Spanish, Argentinean style, with good sub titles and a run time of 113 minutes, this is one to see at least once as the plot developments will mean that a repeat viewing is never going to be as satisfying so maybe consider the rental option as I did.
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