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Martin (Hache) (1997)
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19-year-old Argentina Martin has a nearly fatal drug overdose. After that his mother sends him to Madrid, where his film director father (also called Martin) lives with his new much younger... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eusebio Poncela ...
Ana María Picchio ...
Blanca (as Ana Maria Picchio)
José M.ª Navarro
José María Sacristán ...
Schauve (as José M. Sacristán)
Joaquin A. Colmenares ...
Ángel Amorós ...
Productor Teatro (as Angel Amoros)
Kojun Notsu ...
Joven Oriental
Esther Herrera ...
Niña Andrógina
Marisa Cabezón ...
Mujer Espejo (as Marisa Cabezon)
Enrique Liporace ...
Claudia Gallegos ...
Leonora Balcarce ...


19-year-old Argentina Martin has a nearly fatal drug overdose. After that his mother sends him to Madrid, where his film director father (also called Martin) lives with his new much younger lover Alicia and gay actor friend Dante. Written by Anonymous

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No quiere trabajar. No quiere estudiar. No es un vago. Quiere ser libre.




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Release Date:

17 April 1997 (Argentina)  »

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ESP 200,000,000 (estimated)

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Hache: Are you top or bottom?
Dante: When a man goes to bed with another man to make love, it's just like with a woman. One does what gives pleasure. One does and let do.
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Well-made dialogue-driven piece
17 February 2002 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

At times I felt this film might have been adapted from stage-theatre, so good are the dialogues; scintillating, the right way to speak Spanish – if you will excuse the `porteño' accent so very necessary for the film. The old `maestro' Federico Luppi is about as good as in any other film I have seen him in, I suppose; Juan Diego de Botto is better than in other films of his that I have seen; but the real standing ovation is for Eusebio Ponce who plays very delicately and intelligently the philosophical homosexual, and Cecilia Roth is outstanding as the film-director's girl-friend. Though I must say that I am beginning to get accustomed to Cecilia Roth being outstanding in everything she does.

The direction is right – spot on; tight, befitting the excellent playing out of the dialogues and demanding great skill with the camera and later the person with the scissors. Adolfo Arastarain worked hard for this one: the result is a hugely satisfying piece.

Once again, as erstwhile said elsewhere in IMDb, for those who like real character-driven pieces with intelligent dialogues, this film is highly recommendable. However, for those of you with a fair knowledge of Spanish, if you are not used to the Argentinian (porteño) accent you may well have problems, such that you will need the subtitles. It is worth the effort, I can assure you: just over 8 out of 10, which is pretty high on my scale.

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