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|Son of the Bride
Rafael Belvedere (Darín) is not happy with the life he leads. He can't reach anybody's expectations. He has no ideals, he only lives for the restaurant his father founded (Alterio). He has a divorce behind him, he never took time off to see his daughter Vicky grow (Nóbile), he has no friends and prefers to elude any commitment with his girlfriend (Verbeke). Furthermore, he hasn't seen his mother in a year (Aleandro), who suffers from Alzheimer's and lives in a rest home. Rafael just wants to beleft alone. But a series of unexpected events make Rafael take a look at his situation. He'll take into account the possibility of selling the family restaurant, he'll meet again with an old childhood friend, Juan Carlos (Blanco) who, despite having a personal tragedy on his shoulders, will help him in a very particular way to reconstruct his past and recover his present. And along the way, he'llsupport his father and fulfill his mother's dream!
This magnificent Argentinean film centers on Rafael (Ricardo Darín), a restaurateur whose life is becoming a knot of stress and failing relationships. When his father, Nino (Héctor Alterio), decides that after 44 years of marriage he wants to give his wife, Norma (Norma Aleandro), the church wedding she always wanted, Rafael scoffs; Norma has advanced Alzheimer's and doesn't recognize where she is or who's around her. After Rafael has a heart attack, he realizes he has to change his life--but when he makes changes, he discovers how much of his life he'd been taking for granted, and that he may have cast aside the very things he seeks. Son of the Bride is smartly and richly written, directed with generosity and precision, and full of astonishingly full performances. The story's full of clever touches, but it never lets cleverness overwhelm humanity. Simply a superb movie. --Bret Fetzer
|Don't Look Down
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Tantalizing and sexy, cult director Eliseo Subiela's latest film explores the tantric possibilities of sexual imaginations and awakenings. This thoughtful film delves into mysticism and spirituality. When 19-year-old Eloy sleepwalks and crashes through the roof of a beautiful woman, Elvira, he discovers the tantric and therapeutic powers of the Kama Sutra of which she is an expert.
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|BUENOS AIRES 100KM
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BUENOS AIRES 100KM is a touching and irresistible story about five friends growing from childhood into adolescence. The small quiet town they live in doesn't have much to offer and can't fulfill their curiosity. They dream about the big city and yearn to grow up. That summer, their impatience to see things change in their lives, parental confrontations, family secrets, and sexual awakening will threaten their friendship.
|Funny Dirty Little War
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Hector Olivera's scathing satire of Argentina's bloody political past is an acerbically funny look at the dirty tricks and terrorism in the wake of President Juan Perón's death in 1974. Federico Luppi (The Devil's Backbone) stars as the liberal city administrator of a provincial town who barricades himself in the city hall when the right wing of the Peronist movement targets him in a smear campaign. The name calling and Keystone Kops shootout begins as a farce but gets darker and deadlier as a fascist goon squad starts executing "subversives" and torturing prisoners, and the local activist youth group turns terrorist guerrilla brigade. Simultaneously horrifying and hilarious, Olivera deftly twists the satirical knife (both sides chant "Viva Perón" while killing their former friends and neighbors) without losing the black humor, the gut-wrenching irony, or the humanity of the victims. --Sean Axmaker
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Beautifully shot in the Argentine jungle, LOS MUERTOS is a coolly hypnotic and elegantly austere investigation into the boundaries between nature and civilization--and the violence that lurks within both.
An old man named Vargas is released from prison. Seemingly anxious to get lost, Vargas buys a canoe and heads downriver. He methodically relieves himself of clothing and money along the way, allowing the jungle to reclaim him.
Filmmaker Lisandro Alonso (La Libertad) refuses to explain his themes and metaphors-- the isolation of the Argentine jungle; the path from guilt to absolution; the reintegration into civilization by an ex-criminal preferring his audiences to luxuriate in the sensual sights and vivid sounds of the tropics. Alonso, one of the most talented and distinct voices of Argentinian cinema, boldly explores an inner world that is revealed through nature, but with unsettling implications.
Winner-Venice Film Festival Intl. Critics Prize
Winner-Torino Film Festival Best Film
Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection of the Toronto Film Festival
Winner-Vienna Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize
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Nothing is going to stop Maria, Don Justo or Roberto from reaching San Julián, where Maria has been promised fame, Roberto foresees love and Don Justo seeks redemption. But getting there is no small task. With her little baby in tow, Maria hops on the bus, nervous about the journey ahead, but unwilling to let her chance to star on the popular game show "Multicolored Casino" slip away. For Don Justo, the journey to reunite with his long-lost friend Badface promises to be even more challenging, as he hits the road, trusting that the truckers he’s met through the years will stop to offer him a lift. In Roberto’s case, getting to San Julián isn’t the problem - it’s getting there by surprise, with a heartwarming gift, in the hope of of making a favorable impression on his secret love. Although the three neighbors begin their journeys separately, they encounter their share of detours along the way on the deserted routes, and their stories and dreams crisscross in seemingly free-form patterns at the most remote stopping points. In the end, Maria, Don Justo and Roberto will get more or less what they set out for, but it will come to them in ways that they never expected.
|Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone
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An alien virus being tested by the FBI infects a small town, transforming people into killer mutant zombies. The FBI decides to isolate the town from the rest of the world. But this is a decision that a few survivors will not accept. John West, a pro wrestler, Bill Johnson, a medical student, and Max Giggs, a computer nerd, engage in a brutal combat with thousands of zombies as they search for a map that contains details on the only existing exit. Over-the-top action/zombie flick akin to Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and the blood-drenched trappings of the Evil Dead series!
|El Dia Que Me Quieras
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Argentinian. Black and white movie from the '30s.
|Kept and Dreamless (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos) – Amazon.com Exclusive
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Kept and Dreamless (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos) – Amazon.com Exclusive
During Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family.
But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family, led by standout performances from director Vera Fogwill and young actress Luca Snieg.
"This is cinematic practice at its best: whilst exhibiting the social and political problems and gender roles, the film establishes a close connection with its local audiences, but it also achieves its universal aim."
"Matching style and originality with a refreshing lack of moralizing, 'Kept & Dreamless' keeps the banner of Argentinean independent cinema flying high…" –Variety
Kept and Dreamless is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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