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Venice Film Review: ‘Messi’

Venice Film Review: ‘Messi’
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi is one of the most talked about, and least talkative, human beings on the planet. So perhaps it’s appropriate that Alex de la Iglesia’s “Messi” features plenty of the former and only secondhand scraps of the latter. Part “This Is Your Life”-style symposium and part traditional documentary — with all-too-brief match clips and far-too-long dramatic re-enactments scattered throughout — the film will likely be a hot property across European and Latin American territories, though

Most of “Messi” takes place within a fairly common setting seen throughout Europe and South America: a restaurant full of people arguing about soccer. The difference here, however, is that every table is occupied by figures from Messi’s life. At one table sit Messi’s former grade-school teachers, at another his childhood friends. Old youth-squad teammates from Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys reminisce not far from Messi’s current Fc Barcelona compatriots,
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‘Chico & Rita’: Jazzy, Romantic, Masterful

Chico & Rita

Directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Written by Ignacio Martinez de Pison and Fernando Trueba

2011, Spain / UK

The great films throw the existing state of cinema into sharp relief, filling a gap in the movie-going experience that was not only empty, but previously invisible to even the most passionate audience members. Today there are Disney princesses, Pixar whimsies, and Miyazaki dreams, but the superior Chico & Rita provides animation with something that it had never known it was missing: seduction. This is simply the most romantic animated film ever made.

The titular couple meet in a smoky Havana club in 1948. Rita has the voice that can draw every eye in the room, and Chico is a promising pianist with the chops for everything from Stravinsky to bebop. They go to bed that first night, and the following morning the complications begin. Both have the talent and the passion
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Chico & Rita Movie Review

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Chico & Rita Movie Review
Title: Chico & Rita Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando Screenwriter: Fernando Trueba & Ignacio Martinez de Pison Cast: Voices of Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams, Renny Arozaréna Screened at: Soho House, NYC, 1/26/12 Opens: February 10, 2012 Chico & Rita is a delightful and electric animated love story, which opens in Havana, Cuba in 1948. This little gem, was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2012 Oscars, which it deserves. The title characters, Chico (Emar Xor Oña), and Rita (Limara Meneses), are a piano player and a singer that “meet cute” and fall in love in 1948 Havana...
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