e v e r y b o d y h a s a p l a n
10th May 2013
Viggo et Viggo
15th May 2013
There are two excellent reasons to see Everybody Has a Plan - Viggo Mortenson and Viggo Mortenson. The rest of the film is somewhat mediocre but writer director Ana Piterbarg is most certainly one to watch for future projects.
Viggo Mortenson plays twin brothers Agustin and Pedro. At first glance it seems Pedro is the troubled one, a beekeeper in the swampland of Argentina, keeping some very suspect company and involved in somewhat salubrious activities. When a kidnapping goes tragically wrong Pedro clears off to see his twin in the big city. Agustin certainly seems to have the trapping of success – a paediatrician with a clever and beautiful wife, nice apartment, about to adopt their first child. The word trappings really applies in the other sense here. We watch Agustin observe children misbehaving in his practice waiting room and realise that this really is a man on the edge. It's a small moment that speaks volumes and it's a shame Piterbarg didn't manage to achieve this efficiency in scenes for other characters. The devil's in the detail in a community as rich with life and death as the one Pedro inhabits but detail is lacking somewhat in this film, everyday minutiae of the life could have been fascinating. Sofia Gala deserves a mention as Rosa but again she is another character who it is hard to get under the skin of. Faced with each other, each thinking the grass is greener, the brothers spend a few hours together then Agustin assumes Pedro's life, one he thinks is easier, freer, but careful what you wish for.....This twin conceit is one I find hard to swallow even with excellent camera work and CGI, but Mortenson does such a skilled and beautiful job of embodying both characters that we are happy to go along for the ride.
There isn't anything particularly wrong with Everybody Has a Plan, it's just that after a fairly strong start it just sort of tails off and doesn't continue drawing the audience in. We barely get to know anything about any of the other characters and really not enough about the brothers. It is hinted that Agustin has some mental issues before he assumes the role of the brother but this is never pursued, and he commits an unspeakably cruel act to his wife that could have done with a little more explanation to stop one completely disengaging with him.
Unfortunately the waters just don't run deep enough in this Argentinian tale but allegedly Ana Piterbarg approached Viggo Mortenson at a sports club to play the film so it will be interesting to see what she can achieve next with a movie under her belt.
Check out the Everybody Has A Plan trailer here.