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Movie Review: Dot the i

Alternate Title: Sex, Lies, Videotape and Plot Twists Galore

Story: Hot tempered Spanish beauty is engaged to wealthy boring English gent. She accidentally meets and becomes smitten with a gorgeous, young, Brazilian hottie. Intrigue, mystery, sex and lies ensue. And did I mention that there are numerous plot twists? Just when you think you know what is going on - you are fooled once again.

This film has lots of atmosphere, pretty people to watch and despite it's somewhat amateurish overall look it was a fun ride. First time director and writer Matthew Parkhill may have a long career ahead of him. It is too soon to tell.

Acting: Any film that has Gael Garcia Bernal has my name written on it. He is wonderful to watch in his first English speaking role (turns out he has a British accent). The smoldering, Spanish beauty is played by Natalia Verbeke (she reminded me of a younger, more zesty Bebe Neuworth). James D'Arcy as the English gent had the most fun of all.

Predilection: As noted, I am a BIG fan of Bernals.

Critters: No critters at all. It was too dark to see any.

Blatant Product Placement: None

Soundtrack: Fun

Visual Art: Too dark to see any paintings on the walls.

Theater Audience: One of the strangest crowds we have encountered in quite a while. I think all of the people were there to watch Bernal (male and female). A guy in the back started talking on his cell phone mid-movie. I thought a few people were going to kill him.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Predictability Level: I was having so much fun watching all of the twists I did not care where the film ended up.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: No film with Bernal is nit worthy.

Big Screen or Rental: Either. If you want to see some of Bernal's other films, rent, Bad Education, Motorcycle Diaries, The Crime of Father Amaro, Y tu Mama, Tambien, Amores Perros and the soon to be released The King, where he plays Elvis.

Length: 90 minutes