Review: ‘A Gun In Each Hand’ (M) ***

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THIS is neither a western nor a thriller. Its title is a Spanish saying implying you are aware of a situation and trying to make the most of it. With sensitive writing and staging, Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay has made an ensemble film with a strong cast.

A Gun In Each HandTwo men who have not seen each other for more than a decade cautiously remember why. A father visits his ex-wife to return their son and collect the rest of his stuff. Two men dance around the adultery between one and the other’s wife. At the end of the day, they find themselves in the kitchen of the apartment of one of them who’s cooking the evening meal.

Sounds simple. Some say it’s boring. Both opinions have substance. There’s much subtle humour embedded in its duologues. It often seems that it doesn’t quite know who constitutes its target audience.

Yet, despite its complexity of purpose, content and style, it’s by no means intolerable.

At Palace Electric

 

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