Thursday, December 29, 2005

Cinema III

(see June 2005)


El Sueño de Valentin (Valentine´s dream)
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Starring: Julieta Cardinali
If a person is ever to watch an Argentine movie this is THE ONE. Based in 1960´s Buenos Aires. A nine year old boy from a broken marriage grows up with his grandmother.

Herencia (Inheritance)
Director: Paulo Hernandez
An italian lady, owner of a local restaurant, who arrived in Buenos Aires at the end of World War II in search of love, befriends a 24 year old German who arrives 50 years later in search of an old flame. Brilliant. A good as will ever come out of Argentina.

Bonbon el Perro (Bonbon the dog)
Director: Carlos Sorin.
Easy for the film industry to forget that there is more to Argentina worth filming than only their capital city. This film however is based in the southern region of Patagonia. A feel good movie. Very simple story of an middle aged man who hit bad times in Argentina and follows his truggle to make ends meat with the help of his dog. Truly brilliant.

No sos vos, soy yo (It´s not you, it´s me)
Director: Juan Taratuto
Humorous film about a young and successful, newly wed surgeon who is abandoned by his wife.

Buena Vida, Delivery
Director: Leonardo Di Cesare
Set in the recent Argentine economic crisis. A young man whose family has immigrated to Spain invites a girl to rent a room in the family home. Not long after, her entire family moves in......uninvited.

Chiche - Bombon
Director: Fernando Musa
A 27 year old girl falls in love with her 17 year old Buenos Aires neighbour and later becomes pregnant by him. Deals with the reactions of the two family homes. The boy - thrown out by his, the girl supported by her affectionate father and tormented by her contrary mother.

Spain / Argentina

Elsa y Fred
Director: Marcos carnivale
Starring: China Zorilla
Excellent story of late love between two neighbours, youthful 82 year old Elsa and the resignful Fred in his late 60´s.


El Fiebre de Locos (Crazy fever)
Director: Andres Wood
From the same director as Manchuca. Curious story based in an isolated southern Chilean fishing community.

Mexico / United States

Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses)
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Adrien Brody
The English director deals with the theme of exploitation of illegal immigrants in the United States. Very good film with a strong social message about the developed world.


La Vendedora de Rosas (The rose seller)
Director: Victor Gaviria
Difficult film which follows the life of a 13 year old girl on the streets of Bogata. A case of fiction mirroring reality as in true life the girl actually did live on the streets until she tragically died soon after the making of the movie while involved in a shop robbery .

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