Carlos Sorín – El Perro (2004)

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User review from IMDB:

“What a movie! This is one of the movies that gives you a feeling like you’ve met the lead actor, like you’ve known him for all you’re life. A kind of film that in all its simplicity shows the magic of life transported on the movie canvas. Staring whit the fact that during the movie you can’t stop thinking “where in the hell did he found the lead actor (Juan Villegas),he must be a actor-legend in Argentina” and then you find out that man used to park the directors (Carlos Sorin) car for 5 years before he put him on film. It doesn’t end here, it’s that none of the actors in film are professional actors, so to speak. An art it self is getting that maximum out them and he did. Pure emotions on movie canvas, a master-piece in a small life story.” Continue reading

Marco Bechis – Garage Olimpo (1999)

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Chili-born Italian director Marco Bechis’s second feature is a political drama based on his experiences with the military regime of Argentina (1976-1980) when he lived there. Maria (Antonella Costa) is a militant activist in an organization that is fighting the oppressive dictatorship. She teaches reading and writing in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in an area of shantytowns. She lives in a decrepit rooming house with her mother Diane (Dominique Sanda), who rents out some rooms. One of the lodgers, a shy young man named Felix (Carlos Echeverria), is in love with Maria. He seems to have come from nowhere and is supposed to be working in a garage. One morning, Maria is kidnapped by a military squad in civilian clothes in front of her mother and is taken to the garage ‘Olimpo,’ one of the many well-known torture places in the city, which operate to the general indifference of the inhabitants. Tigre, the head of the center (Enrique Pineyro) appoints their best man ? Felix ? to the job of making Maria talk. Felix is overcome by his feelings for Maria, but Maria is determined to exploit the situation for her survival. Tender love scenes between Maria and Felix enhance the story, but the intensity never reaches the heights of some of the classics of the world cinema with a similar theme, such as The Night Porter. Bechis exerts too much control over his characters and narrative to allow an emotional rupture. 52nd Cannes Film Festival, 1999. Continue reading

Leonardo Di Cesare – Buena vida (Delivery) aka Good Life Delivery (2004)

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Plot

This black comedy is about average people who live in Buenos Aires and are having a hard time making a living.

In the beginning, Hernán (Ignacio Toselli) helps his brother and his wife get ready for a their big move to Spain. His parents are forced to leave Argentina in order to escape the ravages of the country’s economic crisis.
Ignacio Toselli as Hernán..

Hernán is left alone in the Buenos Aires suburbs. He works at an agency delivering messages on a small motorcycle. One day, at a gas station, he meets Pato (Mariana Anghileri), an attractive woman working the pumps. Hernán invites Pato to rent the room his brother vacated.

Pato is a mysterious young woman. She realizes Hernán likes her and she decides to go along in returning his advances.

Yet, Hernán is quite surprised when he comes home one night. Pato’s parents and her young daughter have moved in without giving Hernán a warning. The father, Venancio (Oscar Nuñez), a slick character, thanks Hernán, who thinks the move-in is temporary. Continue reading

Sebastián Borensztein – Un cuento chino AKA A Chinese Tale (2011)

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The film opens idyllically when a Chinese man, Jun (Ignacio Huang), takes his girlfriend on a boat trip on a picturesque lake to propose to her. This image is quickly shattered when a cow falls from the sky, killing Jun’s girlfriend. The shattering of Jun’s happiness and the serene scene becomes a precedent for the rest of the film. It is this event which will ultimately change the life of bad tempered iron monger Roberto (Darín). Predominantly set in Buenos Aires, Un cuento chino is the story of Roberto who, in a series of unlikely events, is brought together with Jun: who has come to the city in search of his only living relative. A chance encounter in the street prompts Roberto to (somewhat unwittingly) offer the homeless Jun his help and a place to stay. Despite the monotony of his own life, the routine-obsessed protagonist is fascinated by chance; and although unable to communicate with his Chinese guest, it is the randomness of their being brought together that will convince Roberto to reassess his rigid view of life. Continue reading

Jorge Polaco – Kindergarten (1989)

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Review:
Arturo’s (Arturo Puig) world is peopled by the living and the dead, as well as other figures who can only derive from his overheated imagination. Meanwhile, he is attempting to revive his flagging marriage to Graciela (Graciela Borges) while coping with the demands of his mistress who persistently applies weird colored dyes to her pubic hair. Throughout the movie, no matter what the scene, the action is interrupted by the mugging of a popcorn salesman (Alejandro Urdapilleta) who appears for no discernible reason. This movie was banned by Argentine authorities for its (relatively brief) nudity and depiction of sexual encounters. – Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Continue reading