Sévigné (Marta Balletbò-Coll, Spain). 80 minutes. Subtitled. Tuesday (May 23), 9:45 pm. ROM. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Anyone who's felt the thrill - often sexual - of artistic collaboration will appreciate Sévigné , the story of an actor and writer who get hot for each other while working on a new play.
Writer/director Marta Balletbò-Coll takes the role of playwright Marina, and Anna Azcona plays Julia, the actor who grows attached to the script because of its resonances with her own life. Julia's married to a theatre critic ( Josep Maria Pou ) and getting it on with yet another male colleague.
In spite of all this soapy potential, the story sags because a major conflict is supposed to surface when Julia wants Marina to alter and cut her script. Shots of Marina mournfully crossing out sections of dialogue we've never heard don't exactly propel the narrative forward.
There is, however, some drive in the sequences leading up to the two women's first sexual encounter, and the performances by the charismatic Azcona and sympathetic Maria Pou are quite fine.
But don't believe the program's hype - Balletbò-Coll is no Woody Allen.