2+2 (film)

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2+2
Dos más dos.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Dos más dos
Directed by Diego Kaplan
Produced by Adrián Suar
Written by Juan Vera
Daniel Cúparo
Starring Adrián Suar
Julieta Díaz
Carla Peterson
Juan Minujín
Music by Iván Wyszogrod
Edited by Pablo Barbieri
Production
  company
Patagonik Film Group
INCAA
Orlando Films
M y S Producción
Distributed by Buena Vista International (ARG)
Release date(s)
  • 16 August 2012 (2012-08-16)
Running time 107 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Box office $4,520,287[1]

2+2 (Spanish: Dos más dos) is a 2012 Argentine comedy-drama film directed by Diego Kaplan and starring Adrián Suar, Carla Peterson, Julieta Díaz and Juan Minujín.[2] The plot revolves around two successful friendly couples: Diego and Emilia, and Betina and Richard. One night, Richard and Betina reveal to Diego and Emilia that they are swingers and would like to swap partners with them, tempting Emilia.

It was the highest grossing Argentine film in 2012.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Diego (Adrían Suar) and Richard (Juan Minujín) are two renowned cardiovascular surgeons who own an important specialist hospital located in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Diego is married to Emilia (Julieta Díaz), a weather forecaster, with whom he has a 14 year old son called Lucas (Tomás Wicz) and an organized family life. Richard is in a ten-year relationship with Betina (Carla Peterson), a fashion designer; they have no children and a more unstructured life.

One night, after Diego and Richard are given an recognition for their work at a congress, the two couples go out and have dinner to celebrate. In the restroom, Betina reveals to Emilia that she and Richard are swingers and that they should go to a swinger party with them. That night, Emilia can not stop thinking about it and awakens Diego to tell him. In the following days Emilia tries to be more sexually active and urges Diego to go to the party. Although he is uncomfortable with the idea, he accepts.

The party is held in the house of a man named Pablo (Alfredo Casero) because of his birthday. Although Emilia enjoys the party, Diego is shocked and uneasy with everybody's promiscuity and leaves early with her. She then begins to be more open about their sexuality and wants to talk about her fantasies with Diego. Richard, Betina and Emilia insist on swapping partners until Diego agrees. The two couples have dinner and have sex despite Diego's refusal at the beginning. The following morning Emilia cries and tells Diego that she thinks that they "did wrong", but that she feels no regret.

A few months later, Diego and Emilia are used to the swinging lifestyle and are comfortable with it. In Lucas' birthday party, Betina tells Emilia that she thinks Richard is cheating on her and becomes emotionally unstable the following days. It is revealed that Emilia and Richard have been meeting secretly, and one night Emilia tells him she has fallen in love with him and the swinging must end.

One night, Betina violently enters Diego and Emilia's house because she finds out about the affair and the two couples discuss. Diego decides not to be partners with Richard anymore, quitting his job at the hospital. He decides to separate and leaves the house. Meanwhile, Richard apologizes to Betina and begs her to get back together, but she refuses.

Two years later, the two couples, who are back together, coincidentally meet in the cinema. Betina is nearly eight months pregnant and Richard expresses his desire to be friends again with them. They respectfully greet each other and go to see the films.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive reviews.[5] Most critics praised the performance of the cast. Debate has centered on the conservatism of the ending, while the film was publicized as transgressive.

Catalina Dlugi of Todo Noticias called the film "spicy and funny".[6] La Prensa''s Isabel Croce highlighted Julieta Díaz's performance and described the film as "a good comedy starring an attractive foursome".[7] La Capital called Alfredo Casero's role "noteworthy" and wrote "it is a movie with risky events and direct, crude language, but fails to exceed the occurrence of Un novio para mi mujer.[8] La Voz del Interior considered "one of the successes of 2+2 is the choice of the cast" and that it has "very funny moments, risky and very well done erotic scenes, tense situations that give nuance to the story."[9] Página/12's Horacio Bernades described the film as "not only very worthy, technically flawless and very enjoyable, but unusually accomplished and provocative, for the needy Argentine film industry standards."[10]

Julio Nakamurakare of the Buenos Aires Herald called 2+2 "so predictable and narrow-minded as to negate what’s been previously proclaimed out loud as a war cry."[11] Javier Porta Fouz of HiperCrítico panned Iván Wyszogrod's musicalization of the film, and described the film as "condescending, awkward, scrawny, besieged by its 'concept of selling'."[12] Función Agotada's Nicolás Viademonte particularly criticized the ending, writing "[Kaplan] gets to throw away in 20 minutes what had been built with very good pulse in 80" and that the last thirty minutes of the movie "lacked the 'revolutionary', fresh, youthful spirit that carried in its starting time."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2+2 (2012)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cartelera de cine: Dos más dos" (in Spanish). Espectáculos.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pablo Hecker (September 19, 2012). "Con una taquilla de $ 22 millones '“Dos más dos”' es la película argentina más vista de 2012" (in Spanish). Cronista.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dos Más Dos es la película argentina más taquillera del año" (in Spanish). Impulsonegocios.com. September 16, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Críticas de Dos más dos" (in Spanish). Todas las Críticas. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Catalina Dlugi (August 15, 2012). "Los estrenos de la semana" (in Spanish). TN Show. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Isabel Croce (August 16, 2012). "Unos aprendices de swingers" (in Spanish). La Prensa. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Luciana Boglioli (August 19, 2012). "Los estrenos de cine bajo la mirada crítica de Escenario" (in Spanish). La Capital. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Daniel Santos (August 16, 2012). "Lo que hace mal es la mezcla" (in Spanish). La Voz del Interior. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ DHoracio Bernades (August 16, 2012). "Unos "swingers" made in Argentina" (in Spanish). Página/12. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Julio Nakamurakare. "Dos más dos". Todas las Críticas. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Javier Porta Fouz. "Dos, dos, dos, dos, dos" (in Spanish). HiperCrítico. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Nicolás Viademonte. "Dos más Dos" (in Spanish). Función Agotada. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

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