Private Diary documents photographer Pedro Usabiaga working with a variety of amateur models. The audience sees how the relationships between the photographer and the subjects changes during their time together, as well as how the individual photographs begin to take shape. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Supposedly famous (guess I dont keep abreast of the "in" crowd) Basque photographer Pedro Usabiaga's PRIVATE DIARY looks a bit like it was manufactured as a documentary for Spanish television. Goodness knows, there's little here that couldn't be (and hasn't already been) shown on European TV. Yes, the men are gorgeous and, yes, Usabiaga has some talent as a photographer, but please: someone shut his mouth before he embarrasses himself any further--babbling on as he does in his weird blend of fake philosophy and real meaninglessness. (Granted the poorly translated--and often misspelled--subtitles dont help much.) The movie approaches camp but, sadly, does not quite reach it. At one point you'll note a copy of Interview magazine in the background, for which Usabiaga may have photographed. This movie--a VERY long 56 minutes--may remind you of time spent with that same magazine: nice beefcake accompanied by an endless stream of shallow, silly verbiage.