In his studio, a dentist starts dancing to All Night Long by Lionel Richie. He is only the first of the ‘living stars’ in this irresistible film: a succession of ‘normal’ people in Buenos Aires who in the most diverse places (offices, parks, kitchens, salons) perform in front of the camera, dancing to various tracks, free of all their inhibitions as if they were in front of their mirror at home. We are only told their name and profession: secretaries, landlords, hockey players, students, supermarket cashiers, TV salesmen and judo instructors get down to music by David Guetta, Jovanotti, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas and many others. Men and women, children aged 3 and old age pensioners, some brilliant, some dreadful and many mediocre: but all of them absolutely contagious in their abandon, dancing without restrictions and filters.
Deliberately abandoning any narrative intention but simply moving forward by accumulation and often by contrast, Living Stars is a small miracle, an experimental film which is anything but boring: “I think the film is a rich, idiosyncratic snapshot of Argentina. It throws a sharp and singular gaze over our lifestyle and our aspirations, and it does it in a fresh, powerful and extremely enjoyable way”, affirms the director Gastón Duprat. The film got its idea from a TV programme called Television Abierta (Open Television), created by the same directors for Argentinean TV. “The idea was completely innovative. It foresaw the direct participation of the public on the screen, a sort of Youtube mixed with Facebook and Big Brother, but much earlier. Many of those who called us asking to take part wanted us to film them as they were dancing”.
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