DVD Review: ‘Volley’

A New Year’s getaway at his grandparent’s cabin turns into a bed-hopping escapade for Nicolas and his friends, both old and new. Volley delves into sex, love, and drug use in a funny and sometimes poignant manner. While it may play like a rom-com some of the time, it does not follow a typical rom-com formula and feels more true-to-life. Overall, it was an entertaining way to spend 90+ minutes.

Martín Piroyansky wrote, directed, and stars as Nicolas, a self-proclaimed “caveman” looking for a “good time” during their vacation with one or more of the four women who have accompanied him. Early in the film, he has a conversation with his friends about how men are programmed to sleep with as many women as possible, while women are less promiscuous in his mind, typically seeking no more than one sexual partner.

There are four women in the cast that make up the pool of potential mates for Nicolas. Among them is Pilar (Ines Efron), Nicolas’ ex-girlfriend whom he just had another fling with before departing for the getaway. Cata (Vera Spinetta) is a brooding straight-forward woman who has her surprising moments. Belen (Justina Bustos) is the new girl in the group whom Nicolas tries to woo, at least at first, due to an instant attraction. And Manuela (Violeta Urtizberea) is the neurotic, controlling girlfriend of Nicolas’ best friend, Nacho (Chino Darin).

Nicolas winds up bedding (or nearly bedding) three of the four women; based on the descriptions in the previous paragraph, can you guess which three… it might surprise you. But his wild, carefree escapades take an emotional, complicated turn when he falls in love with one of the women who may or may return those feelings. They go back and forth about their budding relationship and in the end… well, you’ll just have to watch.

The film is almost entirely about sex and relationships; if you are interested in seeing a slice-of-life comedic story about those subjects that is free of any real nudity, you may enjoy this film. The acting seemed real enough to me; there are a few odd characteristics or quirks, but some of those can possibly be explained by the drug and alcohol use. The plot is solid and the comedy made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Parents may want to steer their younger audiences in another direction; along with the subject matter, there is “obscene” language (assuming the subtitles are translated correctly – the primary language in the film is Spanish which I know only very little).

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