MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,539 this week

Chico (2001)

 -  War | Drama  -  17 January 2002 (Hungary)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 293 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 2 critic

The adventures of a young man as he moves from the Latin-American revolutions in the sixties and seventies, through Hungary in the eighties, to the Croatian war in 1991.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 134 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 125 titles
created 08 May 2013
 
a list of 79 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 
War
a list of 24 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Chico" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chico (2001)

Chico (2001) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chico.
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lammbock (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Stefan and Kai have good going business, self-grown cannabis screened as pizza delivering service. For now they only have to deal with plant-louses.

Director: Christian Zübert
Stars: Lucas Gregorowicz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Zielcke
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tamás is a young, Budapest-based director of video clips and commercials who dreams of directing his first feature film with the title 'The Guilty City'. He has already written the script ... See full summary »

Director: Gábor Herendi
Stars: Tibor Szervét, Csaba Pindroch, Gyözö Szabó
Bolse vita (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Russians, westerns and Hungarians live unique moments in post-89 Hungary.

Director: Ibolya Fekete
Stars: Yuri Fomichev, Igor Chernevich, Aleksey Serebryakov
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family until matters escalate shockingly.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Stars: Rudolf Frecska, Lili Monori, Kornél Mundruczó
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Claude Bernard-Aubert
Stars: Jeanne Allard, Max Amyl, Michel Bertay
Damnation (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the... See full summary »

Director: Béla Tarr
Stars: Gábor Balogh, János Balogh, Péter Breznyik Berg
Chico & Rita (2010)
Animation | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Directors: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Eman Xor Oña, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four small gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in ... See full summary »

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen
Satantango (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started. A few of the villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that ... See full summary »

Director: Béla Tarr
Stars: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy
Winter Light (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A small town priest struggles with his faith.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather - without snow. Even in ... See full summary »

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Sasa Anocic
Gyula Bodrogi
András Fésös
Sergio Hernández
Vjekoslav Jankovic ...
Zagi
Djordje Kukuljica
Besim Kurti
Arben Lami
Camilio LeBert
Damir Loncar
Loreto Moya
Tamás Mészáros ...
Árpi
Illés Nyitrai
Daniel Remedi
Eduardo Rózsa Flores ...
Chico
Edit

Storyline

The adventures of a young man as he moves from the Latin-American revolutions in the sixties and seventies, through Hungary in the eighties, to the Croatian war in 1991.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

War | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

17 January 2002 (Hungary)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A confrontational movie that should be seen by a larger audience.
27 December 2005 | by (Paddington, Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

At the outset I'll say I love films with some basis in historical events. The problem is of course that the more a film commits itself to historical events the more a review tends to refer to those events rather than the film.

Firstly, what I like about this film is that it doesn't try to appease any group or be politically correct. It doesn't go for the soft option as many other recent movies about recent wars do,ie: there is no good or bad, both side commit atrocities. Such liberal soppiness is misleading and directly opposed to historical fact and common sense. There are aggressors and there are victims, even though the lines of demarcation are occasionally blurred. This film in a way refers back to the films of commitment made in the 1930s in Hollywood or Latin America in the 1960s.

Similarly, people usually re-write history to suit their worldview. I note that another reviewer blamed the Yugoslav War on US and German imperialism and that the "poor" Serbians, Croatians and Bosnians were their pawns that had lived "peacefully and admirably until the West engineered the collapse of Yugoslavia". What planet did that come from? The Croatians and the Serbians have not got on in since the turn of the 20th century (as World War 1 and 2 show). Yugoslavia ( both pure and post WW2) was very much held together by force and intimidation. That's a historical fact. If the various ethnic groupings had "got on" the force of violence that erupted in the Yugoslavian War would not have occurred. That's common sense. I assume such views are based on ones internal beliefs. In this case its standard old style claptrap leftism (which unfortunately gives leftism a bad name).

History is written by the victors and in Yugoslavia after 1944 the Serbians (once again) took control of the country. Their history, which was passed out as historical fact for the next 50 years, was, they were leftists and the Croatians were all fascists, therefore you should support us in this war. The reality of course is that the Yugoslav army and irregulars in the recent war were dominated by Serbian nationalists seeking a greater Serbia and using ethnic cleansing and murder as a means to achieve this, not to mention the fact that during World War 2 (up to 1944 in any event) most of the Communist Partizans were in fact Croatian.

The beauty of course is the film is attempting to overcome the conventionally held history. It doesn't deal with past history though, but rather with what is happening now. By dealing with "history now" the film sheds light on some of the lies that have been passed out as historical fact.

The central character Chico is a man of contradictions. A child of a Hungarian Jewish father and a Spanish Catholic mother he is a child of the 1960s Latin revolutions and raised in a leftist family. So he is a Communist but a practicing Catholic, he goes to a Catholic priest for confession but prays at the weeping wall, he is a humanist but advocates war.

These supposed contradictions always existed within people. People are molded from many historical events and social forces surrounding them. The only place pure ideologies exist are in philosophical arguments between half smart raconteurs or in undergrad university assignments …. ie: you cant believe in that if you believe in that etc. This film never backs away from commitment but it does subtlety (and sometimes not so subtlety) suggest that there is another side. Accordingly, you don't get the feeling you are being preached at (whereas you might from this review).

The film takes you on Chico's journey through causes around the world like a frenzied 20th century Don Quixote looking for meaning. Chico's humanity ultimately leads him to Yugoslavia and the Croatian Homeland War in the 1990s. And even though it is not a ideologically correct war (as his father tells him) he knows within himself that he must side with the oppressed.

Chico searches and is redeemed but is he content, or is he saddened and scarred? At times it seems that Chico, like a Zelig, was at all the important late 20th century events, and the film seems to make comment on them. On that level the film is not always successful (its hard enough commenting on one situation). The film is more successful as a personal odyssey through tumultuous events.

There are some standard Hollywood war movie clichés, ie: the outnumbered and besieged forces, the sing a long etc but, but they are downplayed, and I sometimes wonder if clichés became clichés because they actually occurred in times of war. What underpins the whole film though is the upfront, "in your face" reality of it all ... like Sam Fuller with a hand-held camera. The photography is not pretty, which suits the picture perfectly although I wouldn't have minded a few more scene setting shots. The docu-drama works well at drawing you into the story whilst distracting you from the budgetary limitations of the film. The "docu" is the newsreel footage of the war whilst the "drama" is Chico's journey (both physically and spiritually) and people he meets on the way. This is a war film that deals with people rather than action … there is little action and when it does come it is over quickly.

The acting is fine, and Eduardo Rozsa Flores plays Chico effortlessly, not surprisingly as Chico is based on Flores own life in part! Flores fought, globe trotted and eventually found a cause in the Croatian Homeland War. The direction ( by Ibolya Fekete) is handled nicely and the action is gritty. The real stand out though is the directors juxtaposition (you have to love that word even if it is overused) of live action with news footage.

If you want to be confronted and challenged ... watch this.


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The song at the end of the film hop-5
Euduardo racz_p
Discuss Chico (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?