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Bolivia (2001)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 April 2002 (Argentina)
A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.

Director:

(as Israel Adrián Caetano)

Writers:

(as Israel Adrián Caetano), (story)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Freddy Flores ...
Freddy (as Freddy Waldo Flores)
Rosa Sánchez ...
Rosa
Oscar Bertea ...
Oso (as Oscar 'Oso' Bertea)
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Enrique Galmes
Marcelo Videla ...
Marcelo
Héctor Anglada ...
Héctor, the Salesman
Alberto Mercado ...
Mercado
Luis Enrique Caetano ...
Hombre Locutorio I
Rodolfo Resch ...
Hombre Locutorio II
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Borracho
Rafael Solano ...
Policia Civil
Claudio Iturrieta ...
Policia Civil II
Armando Doral ...
Dueño Pensión (as Miguel Armando Doral)
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A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.

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Drama

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Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Bolivia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,896 (USA) (6 June 2003)

Gross:

$26,272 (USA) (6 June 2003)
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1.66 : 1
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not the best, but not the worst
11 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adrián Caetano presents an interesting twist on the story of immigration. Instead of the typical poor worker from South America struggling to cross the border and survive in the United States, we get a different perspective with immigration within South American countries. This topic is very under-represented in the media although in reality it happens quite frequently. Also highlighted in this film is the racial discrimination that is all too prevalent throughout South America. The main character Freddy struggles to win the respect of the Argentine customers of the café that he works at.

Artistically filmed in black and white, the characters seem frozen in time and very distanced from the audience. It's as if we are watching it all play out on a documentary running on the History Channel. An interesting aspect is the television that is constantly showing some soccer game, usually between Argentina and Bolivia, symbolizing the hostility between the two countries that are forced to coexist within the café.


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