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So Much Love to Give 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Marcos Carnevale
Writers: Adrián Suar, Marcos Carnevale
Stars: Soledad Villamil, Adrián Suar, Gabriela Toscano
The Gist: Fernando Ferro (Adrián Suar) has it all; a loving wife of 19 years named Paula (Gabriela Toscana), two wonderful teen daughters, a great job as the chief of orthopedics, and a lovely home in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He’s with this lovely family from Monday to Thursday, and Friday to Sunday, he heads to Buenos Aires for work. Or at least, that’s what he tells Paula and his daughters. In Argentina’s capital, he is married to Vera (Soledad Villamil), has a young son named Gaston, and an aging bulldog. He claims that he simply has a larger heart than the usual person, so he has extra love to give. He doesn’t love one of his families more than the other – to him, it’s simply one big family. One big family that doesn’t necessarily know about half of its members.
Fernando has this down to a science; he switches cars at a middle point, changes his clothes, and puts away his other phone. He waltzes in to whatever home is on the schedule, seemingly without an ounce of remorse or guilt about what he’s doing – because he truly doesn’t believe he’s doing anything wrong. What his wives don’t know can’t hurt them, right? Well, if that was the whole movie, we wouldn’t be here, would we? One way or another, Paula finds out the truth – that he’s been hiding a second family in Buenos Aires for nine years. While Vera initially doesn’t want to believe it, once she discovers the truth, she’s even more livid than Paula is. The two of them team up to plot revenge against their philandering husband, and things get just about as insane as you might expect. Will the real Fernando be exposed to the world? Will he get what’s coming to him? Will he lose both families? All that (and more!) is revealed in So Much Love to Give.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: This is essentially an Argentine spin on The Other Woman; women find out they’ve been two-timed, and team up to take revenge on the man who wronged them.
Performance Worth Watching: The two strongest performers are far and away the spurned women. As Paula, Fernando’s wife of 19 years, Gabriela Toscano is far and away the film’s beating heart. Her comedic timing early on in the film is some of So Much Love to Give‘s most resonant stuff, and you genuinely feel for her as she begins to investigate whether her entire life with her husband is a lie. It’s gutting stuff! And once Soledad Villamil is really allowed to let go and get a little crazy, her Vera is So Much Love to Give‘s funniest asset. Darius Barassi is also totally hilarious as Vera’s brother, Nacho.
Skin: There’s plenty of foreplay and sexy talk between Fernando and both of his wives. If you’re looking for something super steamy, though, you won’t find it here. This is pretty run-of-the-mill, domestic stuff.
Our Take: Tonally inconsistent, rife with random needle drops, and frustrating for much of its first half, So Much Love to Give is certainly not the best that Netflix has to offer, but it’s also not the worst. Fernando is an incredibly frustrating main character, and because he is our narrator – at least for the beginning of the film – we are pretty much stuck with him. His justifications for lying to both of his families are extremely silly, and it’s difficult not to want him to get caught as soon as you figure out what he’s doing. If he’d been a little more charming or sympathetic or had bigger reasons for why he was pulling off such a massive act of deception, I might have felt a little more conflicted about what was going on, but he is so delusional and egotistical that I was cheering for his downfall from the opening frame.
Despite my issues with Fernando, however, I will say that the film’s women are truly what make it worth watching at all. The first act and a half may get weighed down by all of Fernando’s lies, but the big reveal and subsequent plotting is pretty fun. I wish the film had spent more time building Paula and Vera’s relationship and allowing them to pull off more of a focused series of plans against him, but the time we do get with them is far and away the most compelling part of So Much Love to Give. The biggest qualm I have with the film is its tonal inconsistency; a lot of it is played for comedy, but then it sinks into melodrama and seems unsure of what to do with itself. Perhaps if it had gone all out in the direction of a broad comedy or soapy melodrama, it would have worked better, but it lands somewhere right in the middle and suffers for it. Am I supposed to be laughing now? Or pitying Paula? Should I be cheering on Vera’s rage or worried about the real consequences of her plan for revenge? I’m never quite sure, and it left me feeling a little confused as a viewer – especially by the end.
If it was more sure of itself and what it wanted to accomplish, So Much Love to Give would certainly rank among some of Netflix’s more memorable foreign language comedies. The cast is undeniably talented, and some of the sequences are legitimately funny! With a premise as played out as this one, however, the script needs to be relatively airtight, and unfortunately, it’s not.
Our Call: SKIP IT, but frankly, it’s not that the film is bad. If I could recommend just chunks of the film’s second half, I would. So Much Love to Give wastes too much time with Fernando’s shenanigans for much of the film, and it becomes exhausting to watch him be a self-righteous asshole. The latter half, however – in which the two wives team up to take him down – is some entertaining stuff.
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