At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
In the scene in which Rafael discusses with his ex-wife, she replies at the chance of their daughter being in a school in Mexico: "Who will teach her? Professor Jirafales?" This is a direct reference to a Mexican TV show called "Chavo, El" (1973 ) which successfully stayed on air, in prime time, for more than a decade in Mexican television, as well as the rest of Latin America. (In the English subtitles of this scene, the wife says instead "Who will teach her? The Cisco Kid?") See more »
Porque él le dio alegría a millones de personas y después esos mismos fanáticos se dieron la vuelta y le crucificaron.
Terminó la función. Dejad ya de hablar de Cristo.
¿Cristo? ¿Yo hablaba de Maradona?
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Halfway through the credits, we find Rafael and Juan Carlos watching a porn film and admiring it's particularly well-endowed star - the mysterious and elusive Dick Watson. See more »
My wife 'found' this film, of which I hadn't heard, in our local video shop and I'm so delighted she did.
The central performance of Rafael was a tour de force - this actor stands very strong beside the likes of Pacino, and I can imagine him in many of the earlier 'gangster with hidden depth' roles the latter excelled in. He was so believable as the 'godfather' neighbourhood restaurateur. The other principal actors were also brilliant, although in my opinion Eduardo Blanco as the comedic interest overegged and hammed a little too much in a couple of scenes, eg as bogus priest. But that is nitpicking in one of the most memorable romantic films I've ever seen.
I totally agree with one of the reviewers who compared and contrasted to the dreadful film travesty made of 'The Notebook'recently which missed all the buttons around Alzheimers and real people with real believable feelings and reactions. I also agree that while if this product had been American with J Nicholson, etc it would have been a surefire Oscar winner, it would actually have been ruined by the Hollywood treatment...
Thanks you Argentina, and I hope to see much more of Senor Darin before long.
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