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Valentin -- Acclaimed by critics and winner of numerous awards around the globe, Valentin is an enchanting view of the world as it revolves around one delightfully precocious 8-year-old boy!


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15 January 2003 (Belgium) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Rodrigo Noya ... Valentín

Carmen Maura ... Abuela
Julieta Cardinali ... Leticia
Jean Pierre Noher ... El tío Chiche
Mex Urtizberea ... Rufo
Lorenzo Quinteros ... Hombre del bar

Alejandro Agresti ... El padre
Carlos Roffé ... Dr. Galaburri
Marina Glezer ... La maestra
Stéfano Di Gregorio ... Roberto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabián Vena ... El cura
Juan Cruz Bordeu ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Agresti 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alejandro Agresti 

Produced by
Julio Fernández .... producer
Thierry Forte .... producer
Laurens Geels .... producer
René Goossens .... co-producer
Annemiek van Gorp .... co-producer
Eddy de Kroes .... executive producer
Dick Maas .... executive producer
Massimo Vigliar .... producer
Pablo Wisznia .... producer (as Pablo Esteban Wisznia)
Original Music by
Luis Salinas 
Paul M. van Brugge  (as Paul M. van Bruggen)
Cinematography by
Jose Luis Cajaraville 
Film Editing by
Alejandro Brodersohn 
Production Design by
Floris Vos 
Costume Design by
Marisa Urruti 
Production Management
Verónica Cura .... production manager
Pedro D'Angelo .... production manager
Hans van Helden .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martín Carranza .... second assistant director
Federico D'Auria .... second assistant director
Natalia Smirnoff .... assistant director
Art Department
Natalia Grosso .... assistant art director
María Eugenia Sueiro .... set dresser
Sound Department
Guy Amitai .... sound editor
Normann Büttner .... foley mixer
Mathieu Cox .... sound re-recording mixer
Eckhart Goebel .... foley editor (as Eckart Goebel)
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Alexis Oscari .... sound assistant
Luuk Poels .... sound effects editor
Eduardo Prus .... sound editor
Fernando Soldevila .... sound recordist
Victor Alejandro Tendler .... boom operator (as Victor Tendler)
Carl Van Brande .... sound supervisor
Visual Effects by
Floris van der Veen .... online editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Aguilera .... electrician
Adrian Arce .... electrician (as Adrián Arce)
Ramón Basini .... electrician (as Ramon Bassini)
Mariano Levy .... gaffer
Sebastián Martínez Piñeiro .... gaffer (as Sebastián Martinez)
Rodolfo Resch Rambo .... electrician (as Rodolfo Ressch)
Mauricio Rubinstein .... gaffer
Jorge Torres .... grip
Casting Department
Pablo Pérez Giménez .... extras casting (as Pablo Perez Jiménez)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martina Gusman .... costume assistant
Martina Gusman .... production assistant: costume department
Editorial Department
Niels Koopman .... first assistant editor
Jonne Rietra .... post-production assistant
Petro van Leeuwen .... color timer
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Cecilia Atán .... continuity (as Cecilia Atan)
Pablo Fendrik .... personal assistant to director
Mauro Groisman .... production assistant
Alejandro Lanezan .... production assistant
Juan Pablo Miller .... production assistant
Natalia Núñez .... production assistant
Gabriel Pastore .... location manager
Sergio Pra .... location scout
Martin Samper .... making-of crew coordinator
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Silvana Savastano .... continuity
Elena Serra .... development executive
Leticia Tapia .... production assistant
Diego Yaker .... location scout

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Also Known As:
"Valentín" - Argentina (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language
86 min | Canada:79 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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About 300 boys were seen for the part of Valentin.See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The young astronaut, 26 June 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Valentin, the young boy living in the Buenos Aires of the sixties, is a kid that is more mature than what his tender age shows. He is articulate, wise and knows a lot about the life of the astronauts he hears about. In fact, he has built a lot of facsimiles of the space ships and even has his own version of a space suit.

What Valentin doesn't have is parents. We see him living with his older grandmother in a residential area of the capital. There isn't much money, so their lives are not exactly what one might call it even middle class. Yet, the grandmother is a loving woman that cares intensely for her little charge. It's never clear what happened between the parents, but it appears Valentin's mother was abused by the womanizer husband.

Alejandro Agresti's film, which he also wrote, was shown briefly in a commercial run here, but disappeared quickly, so we never got around to it. It came as a total surprise when it was shown in one of the cable channels in its original version.

The film is worth seeing because of Rodrigo Noya, the sweet Valentin of the film. Valentin is the narrator of the story. He amazes us with the way he looks at things and his understanding of what's going on around him. This young actor made an excellent contribution to the film without ever being bratty. Our hearts go to the poor little boy that fate has abandoned and is even lonelier after the sudden death of the grandmother.

Carmen Maura, as the grandmother, is a joy to watch. She plays a Spaniard who has emigrated to Argentina. Julieta Cardinali is seen briefly as Leticia, a beautiful blonde woman who Valentin would like to be his new mother, hoping his father will marry her. When the relationship ends, Valentin is miserable, but Leticia, seeing the goodness and loneliness of the young boy stays by him. Mex Urtizberea plays Rufo, the pianist neighbor who is kind to Valentin.

"Valentin" was a surprise that brought joy and fun at the same time.

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