EUFF13 Review: Superclasico (2011)
In Superclasico, Christian (Anders W. Berthelsen) is a depressed Danish wine seller facing bankruptcy and divorce after his wife, Anna (Paprika Steen) runs off to Buenos Aires, where she works as a sports agent, and shacks up with one of Argentina’s top footballers, Juan Diaz (Sebastián Estevanez). When Christian can’t bring himself to sign the divorce papers, he takes his sixteen-year-old son Oscar (Jamie Morton) and flies to Buenos Aires to try and win Anna back.
Superclasico, from director Ole Christian Madsen, is refreshingly charming, but it isn’t perfect. The quick 94-minute run time doesn’t leave much room for character development, and it shows: Oscar never moves beyond ‘brooding teenager’ and Anna barely rises above being the heartless, thoughtless villain of the piece and only manages that much through Christian’s epiphany. Christian is the only character to grow at all: leaving behind Denmark for a few weeks in Argentina does him a world of good by the end of the film.
What it lacks in character development, Superclasico makes up for in heart and charm. It’s mostly light-hearted, with Estevanez’s Juan Diaz playing a lovable idiot and Adriana Mascialino as an overly helpful maid.
It’s not the best film you’ll see this year, but you won’t leave disappointed.
Superclasico screens on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM. To reserve your space for this free screening, visit the European Union Film Festival Toronto website.
Watch the Superclasico Trailer