Everybody’s got Somebody … Not me.
Everybody’s got Somebody… Not me is a small film with big philosophies. Literally, this film is peppered with quotes from the teachings of Foucault (memories of reading Foucault at school, still makes me groan) Beckett and Breton… and I can’t say it does this otherwise handsome film any favours.
Shot in colour and processed in black and white, Everybody’s got Somebody… is a bright, sharp, seductive film where light and dark plays more than an aesthetic role in this Mexican Lolita style indie, notably through the two leads.
Maria is a young, blonde and by all accounts, happy individual; at the age of sixteen she’s curious about the world and wants to explore life beyond high-school and average teen experiences. Alejandra is a fiercely smart woman in her late-thirties and brooding. She’s also a snob and finds fault in most things associated with those of Maria’s generation. Their meetings are tinged with uncertainty, it never feels like theirs is a love meant to last. To Maria, dating an older, experienced woman is exactly the antidote to curing her boredom towards her peers.
Andrea Portal and Naian Daeva as Alejandra and Maria are so at ease with each other, as the curious, sparring and passionate couple bringing some of the most arbitrary scenes to life every time they share the screen. In particular the scenes in a jazz club, where Maria prefers to dance than to sit back and watch like Alejandra and the rest of the pretentious boring audience. When the ladies lunch at a restaurant, Alejandra is annoyed that Maria sees a guy she knows there; storming out because she wants Maria to herself, especially not to share her with people her own age.
Though age is never at first mentioned or even alluded to be a prerequisite of their relationship, the more time they spend together, the more the cracks between them grow, with their generational differences becomes the defining factor to their relationship problems. Alejandra talks endlessly and deeply about art and literature and annoyingly, during these ‘profound’ dialogues, Maria is interrupted by a call on her mobile – ah those pesky young people and their technology! But Maria isn’t prepared to do is give up on her youth, and it’s this small clause that feeds Alejandra’s insecure nature giving way to bigger problems in their relationship. Is Maria simply just experimenting at the moment? We never get close enough to find out, and this seems to be intentionally done; for the most part, Alejandra is possessive and over-critical, that any attempts to appease her is done in vain and ultimately she has the kind of personality that would drive most people away. For Maria, she’s never allowed to really be herself, so we never get to see it. Alejandra is stubborn, she has a set way of doing things and seeing the world – she still owns and uses a portable CD player – no fault that she is a book editor, it’s all about control for her.
Everybody’s got Somebody… Not me is a beautifully shot and well acted, Director Raul Fuentes debut does well to deliver a story about an intense romance, between two women with completely different outlooks on life, and two different ways of attaining happiness, it. But the overwhelming addition of existential quotes is jarring leaves little to be desired.
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