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SUDDENLY aka TAN DE REPENTE
USA: Empire Pictures
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan, Beatriz Thibaudin, Maria Merlino, Marcos Ferrante, Ana Maria Martinez, Susanna Pampin, Luis Herrera
Director: Diego Lerman
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 94 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and moderate sex
USA Release Date: 27 August 2003 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 13 February 2004
Marcia, a frumpy lingerie salesgirl from Buenos Aires, who lives a life of dreary routine alone after having been dumped by her boyfriend, dreams rather forlornly of finding romance. This comes calling in an utterly unexpected fashion when a pair of feisty leather-jacketed, crop-haired lesbian punks, Lenine and Mao, accost her on the street. The capricious Mao declares her love for the half-horrified, half-fascinated girl and kidnaps her at knifepoint. Hijacking a taxi, they head off for the coast to visit Lenin's eccentric Aunt Blanca, who shares her house with the hapless Felipe and uptight Delia.
The oddball group develops a strong bond, but nobody behaves as you would expect them to. Liaisons form and break up, then regroup and settle down as personalities reveal themselves in surprising ways.
Based on a story by Cesar Aira, SUDDENLY is a quirky, bittersweet comedy that's reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's STRANGER THAN PARADISE. First-time director Diego Lerman emerges as one of the rising talents of new Argentinean cinema, winning an impressive collection of awards at various international festivals.