• The premise of a youth growing up in a film obsessed household, that of a former star,(his mother has been hired to play piano for the silent showings) is promising but director Pablo Torre handles the material with a slow rhythm and occasional showy camera moves, someone like Carlos Saura or Bernardo Bertolucci might have brought more to it.

    There are striking tidbits along the way, however: a woman provocatively sticking a piece of sugar up her vagina, the man aspiring to be the next Valentino by dancing the tango, the quote he attributes to Louella Parsons that "A kiss without a mustache is like an egg without salt." Schubert's Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello is helpful as one of the musical themes.