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The Paranoids

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • A loser with a successful friend discovers his luck might change as long as he doesn't mind betraying his buddy in this edgy comedy from Argentina. Luciano (Daniel Hendler) is a neurotic and accident-prone children's entertainer who is struggling to launch a career as a screenwriter when he's not fretting about his health. After Luciano accidentally puts his performing partner, Sherman (Martin Feldman), in the hospital, he's unable to do shows for a few weeks and is wondering what to do when his old friend Manuel (Walter Jakob) returns to Buenos Aires for a visit. Manuel is the star of a popular television show in Spain, and he's dating a beautiful woman, Sophia (Jazmin Stuart), who comes along for the ride. Manuel helps Luciano land a writing assignment, but it's uncomfortably obvious he's only helping his pal out of a sense of obligation and doesn't believe in his talent. As Luciano struggles to meet his deadline, Manuel is called away on business for a few days, and Sophia, a stranger in town, spends some time with Luciano while her boyfriend is away. Sophia finds Luciano's eccentricities endearing rather than annoying, and he soon realizes he has the opportunity to steal his friend's lover away. LOS PARANOICOS (aka THE PARANOIDS) was an official entry at the 2008 Buenos Aires Film Festival.
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  • Credits
    Daniel Hendler, Jazmin Stuart, Walter Jakob, Martin Feldman, Miguel Dedovich
  • Critic Reviews
    4 stars out of 5 -- "Visually striking, surprisingly dramatic and plenty hip....Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler is utterly charming..."
    Box Office

    "[A] smart, slyly witty movie..."
    New York Times

    "[T]he Argentinean romantic triangle THE PARANOIDS has the same basic dynamic as REALITY BITES....THE PARANOIDS does a fine job of evoking youth culture and attitudes in Buenos Aires..."
    A.V. Club

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