A road movie that begins when a man tries to rob a bank and the bank's clerk, a yuppie, pretends the thief has kidnapped him to help him run away. While they're running away, they meet a ... See full summary »
In 1920, some workers of Patagonia, grouped in anarchist and socialist societies, decide to make a strike demanding better working conditions. The situation becomes unsustainable and the government sends the order is restored.
After refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Mr. Mantovani, Literature Nobel Prize winner, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the ... See full summary »
Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison. Now he is out, to finally get his cut of ... See full summary »
An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »
"The Truce" by the Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti is one of the few novels that can be qualified as "perfect"; no part is superfluous, nothing is lacking, the story is gray and low key but deeply moving. To make a film of a work of this quality is especially challenging; changes and omissions are necessary if only to fit the usual length of a movie. The script by Aída Bortnik and the director Sergio Renán rises to the challenge (the action has been transposed from Montevideo to Buenos Aires, a minor point). Watch the film, then read the book (if possible in the original Spanish).
What makes this movie memorable is the acting (Renan's direction of course has to do with this). Hector Alterio "is" Martin Santomé; after watching him you will find it difficult to imagine the character in any other way (Alterio went on to become a top actor both in Argentina and in Spain). The rest of the cast is equally excellent, especially Ana María Piccio as Laura Avellaneda. The veterans Lautaro Murúa and Norma Aleandro make the most of their small (but essential) parts. The music by Julián Plaza is just right. Very good cinematography by Juan Carlos Desanzo who later directed some celebrated Argentine movies, such as "Eva Perón: The True Story" (1996) and "El Polaquito" (2003).
To my knowledge, there is no Region 1 playable DVD of this movie (not to be confused with a 2003 Mexican version of the same novel). A shame.
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