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The Magic Gloves

Released Aug 12, 2003 1h 29m Comedy List
75% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 64% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
An Argentine comedy, this film follows Alejandro (Vicentico), who works as a driver but is looking for better opportunities. His client, Sergio (Fabián Arenillas), mistakenly comes to believe that Alejandro is acquainted with his porn-star brother, Luis (Diego Olivera). This leads to a series of events that include Alejandro's girlfriend, Cecilia (Cecilia Biagini), and Sergio's wife, Susana (Susana Pampín), as well as a moneymaking scheme involving allegedly mystical gloves. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Depression, drugs and professional stasis commingle in The Magic Gloves, a limp urban comedy not nearly as whimsical as its title. Rated: 2/5 Nov 8, 2006 Full Review J. Hoberman Village Voice The Magic Gloves is a city symphony in which the metropolis seems an illusory maze and the melody is based on a refrain of recurring riffs. Nov 7, 2006 Full Review Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine The film's amusing running gags notwithstanding, Rejtman makes the mistake of adopting the depressed, disinterested feelings of his characters, confusing apathy for poetry. Rated: 2/4 Oct 30, 2006 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site The filmmaker, although critical of people who expect miracles, who passively wait for someone or something to solve their problems, is not terribly sympathetic to his characters. Feb 15, 2021 Full Review Dan Sallitt Senses of Cinema [Director Martin] Rejtman depicts every crisis and solution in the film in the same unflappable, static style, generating humor from the characters' and the camera's persistent lack of reaction. Oct 17, 2018 Full Review Shirley Sealy Film Journal International The appeal here--and it's a strong one--comes from writer-director Rejtman's great understanding of, and empathy for, the comedy of life. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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isla s I found this a delightfully quirky film, with a variety of different characters and situations. It was interesting how one thing impacted on another. I liked that its quite understated and it is amusing, if perhaps only lightly. Its a nice and relaxed sort of a film - a good example of world cinema that I would recommend to others. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A cosy movie with a Kaurismakian gloss. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Los guantes magicos, en castellano. Me encanto esta peli, chiquita, poco pretensiosa, y nuestra. Genial Vicentico como actor, en un papel de perdedor que le queda perfecto.Y su mujer, Valeria Bertuccelli, como siempre, sin desperdicio. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Ganz witzig, wenn auch nicht gerade ein Film, der einen vom Hocker reißt. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member los guantes magicos es la tercera pelicula de Martin Rejtman, director emblema del cine argentino. En este pelicula, Rejtman lleva mas alla todo lo que en "Silvia Prieto" ya habia mostrado: vuelven a aparecer esos dialogos tan fluidos, tan bien manejados, al igual que la puesta en escena, tan sobria...aca tambien hay objetos que se intercambian, parejas que se reencuentran, situaciones absurdas...Si "Rapado" era la pelicula que retrataba a los jovenes en los 90's, y "silvia prieto" se enfocaba en los veniteañeros, "Los Guantes Magicos" es la vision de Rejtamn sobre los treintañeros o esos mismos jovenes que retaraba en sus peliculas anteriroes, solamente que un poco mas grandes. Nada mas que eso Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An Argentine comedy, this film follows Alejandro (Vicentico), who works as a driver but is looking for better opportunities. His client, Sergio (Fabián Arenillas), mistakenly comes to believe that Alejandro is acquainted with his porn-star brother, Luis (Diego Olivera). This leads to a series of events that include Alejandro's girlfriend, Cecilia (Cecilia Biagini), and Sergio's wife, Susana (Susana Pampín), as well as a moneymaking scheme involving allegedly mystical gloves.
Director
Martín Rejtman
Producer
Martín Rejtman, Hernán Massaluppi
Screenwriter
Martín Rejtman
Distributor
Alfa Films
Production Co
Rizoma Films
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Spanish
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 12, 2003, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 10, 2019
Runtime
1h 29m