Intimate Stories (2002)
"Historias mínimas" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 October 2002 (Argentina)
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Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Lombardo ...
Antonio Benedicti ...
Don Justo Benedictis
Javiera Bravo ...
María Flores
Julia Solomonoff ...
Laura Vagnoni ...
Enrique Otranto ...
Mariela Díaz ...
Amiga de María
María Rosa Cianferoni ...
María del Carmen Jiménez ...
Panadera 1
Magín César García ...
César García
Armando Grimaldi ...
El mesero
Mario Splanguño ...
Rosa Valsecchi ...
Panadera #2
Aníbal Maldonado ...
Carlos Montero ...


Near the provincial town of San Julian, three vibrant characters undertake seemingly mundane journeys that turn out to be subtly life changing. A lonely, fastidious traveling salesman quests for the perfect cream cake to win the widow of his dreams. A grizzly grandfather hitchhikes to town to find his forgotten lost dog and seek forgiveness. A poor young mother hopes to win the grand prize--a microprocessor--as a contestant on a TV game show. In the end, the three will get more or less what they set out for, but it will come to them in ways that they never expected. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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"The Straight Story" Latino-style...
13 August 2003 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

"Historias Minimas" is a simple yet delightful tale, which follows three different people at different stages of their life (young mother Maria, middle-aged salesman Roberto and elderly shopowner Justo) who each doggedly pursue a dream, in a journey that will take them all to the same place.

The film, comparable to David Lynch's "The Straight Story", is a joy from start to finish. The cinematography is astounding, perfectly illustrating the barren beauty of the Patagonian plains, whereas the lead actors (particularly Roberto and Justo) give phenomenally realistic and warm performances. Most of the actors are non-professionals, and the discomfort of some of the actors in smaller roles is obvious, but this just adds to the film's overall charm.

Most importantly, however, I loved this film as it is a completely uncynical testament to the warmth of the human spirit. In it, our trio are helped along the way by complete strangers who ask for nothing in return. If only it were like that all the time...

A must-see.

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