When affluent Buenos Aires doctor Agustín (Mortensen) sets into the shoes of his dead yokel brother, Pedro (also Mortensen), he sets in train a series of events that will lead him into sights of the police.
Viggo Mortensen in this Spanish-language identity-switch drama, filmed in Argentina, where the actor spent much of his childhood. In a bid to escape his life, a respectable doctor impersonates his dead twin brother (both Mortensen). He returns to the remote river town where he grew up to find he’s a murder suspect. He receives sympathy from the comely Sofía Gala Castiglione, but can’t break free of the sins of himself and others. The setting and situation are evocative, as Mortensen’s spiritually trapped character is forced into unbearable confrontations. But his motives are so oblique that the film can’t fully engage.
Mortensen is on top form - twice over - but while the noir mood gathers like a black cloud, the story frustrates.
Reviewed by Andrew Osmond