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Valentin (2002)

Valentín (original title)
An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rodrigo Noya ...
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Abuela
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Leticia
Jean Pierre Noher ...
El tío Chiche
Mex Urtizberea ...
Rufo
Lorenzo Quinteros ...
Hombre del bar
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El padre
Carlos Roffé ...
Dr. Galaburri
Marina Glezer ...
La maestra
Stéfano Di Gregorio ...
Roberto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabián Vena ...
El cura
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Storyline

In 1967 Buenos Aires, eight year old Valentín lives alone with his poor widowed paternal grandmother. He has not seen his mother since he was three. His grandmother tells him that his mother was unfaithful to his father. Regardless, Valentín still misses her. His womanizing father, Vincente, is on the most part absent as a traveling salesman, he who seems more concerned about his own fortunes than sending money home to take care of his mother and son. Valentín has dreams like most young boys, his primary one being to become an astronaut. He believes the work that he does building rocket models and space suits will assist the NASA space program, and he does whatever he can, such as walk around in heavy shoes to simulate zero gravity and hold his breath underwater, in his pursuit of becoming an astronaut, despite being slightly cross-eyed and near-sighted, which he believes will not hinder his chances. But without really realizing it, he wants more than anything to be part of a nuclear ... Written by Huggo

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Cupid just turned eight.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

6 February 2003 (Netherlands)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,048 (USA) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

$275,363 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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wonderful film & ms carmen maura's performance transcendent
28 May 2006 | by (new york. USA) – See all my reviews

firstly, this is a film rather than a movie; therefore, it appears that the objective is more to offer a discrete perspective to the viewer -- if one is interested in plots twists, car chases or other movie ' magic', it is perhaps advisable to look elsewhere

however, if one wishes to experiences what has to be universally fine acting -- especially by the always pitch-perfect ms carmen maura in a performance which may be surely described as Oscar-worthy -- a compelling study in inter- /intra-personal relationships and an opportunity to see the world differently after viewing : decease looking & enjoy what has become one of my favorite films

lacking experience or credentials in film criticism, i refrain from attempting to offer pretentious pseudo-critique; that being stated, just one of the aspects of the film i appreciated was a presentation of the heretofore little known personally topic of Argentinian jewry

further, this film elicited empathy for ostensibly unsympathetic characters reminding one that ' walking a mile in the shoes ' of others is still perhaps the best way to understand them


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