The setup for Two Times You (Dos Veces Tú) sounds intriguing. Two couples are out at an event. Daniela and Rodrigo (Melissa Barrera and Mariano Palacios) are ridiculously attractive. Daniela’s cousin, Tania (Anahí Dávila), is worried that she’s missing out making her life feel more boring. She’s married to Benny (Daniel Adissi), who has antediluvian views of the role of a wife in a marriage. The couples get pretty wasted, and the women decide to each go home with the other’s husband. The problem is one of the cars crashes, killing the partners of the people in the other vehicle. The surviving widow and widower must now try to navigate the mistrust and rumors in their community, the loss of their friend and lover, and the strange position concerning one another that they are put in.
That’s just the beginning, and it doesn’t begin to capture the magic of Two Times You. The story is told out of order; leaving viewers to slowly piece together what happened (the setup mentioned above happens right at the beginning). Without giving too much away, let’s say that the movie is not constrained to the rules our reality obeys. IMDB lists the genres of the movie as Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, and it fits squarely into all those categories. Imagine putting Pulp Fiction, Memento, Sliding Doors, Abre Los Ojos, Mulholland Drive and Y Tu Mamá También in a blender. That still doesn’t quite capture it, because Two Times You has such a unique style that it is a singular vision.
The director and writer, Salomón Askenazi, has done a phenomenal job. I could actually tell you beat-by-beat what happens in the movie, and it would still be just as enjoyable as the film’s style alone makes it a must-see. And when I say style, I mean everything — the set design, cinematography, the look of the actors, editing, and music.
“…pretty wasted, the women decide to each go home with the other’s husband.”