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Common Ground (2002)
"Lugares comunes" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  12 September 2002 (Argentina)
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Fernando Robles
Mercedes Sampietro ...
Liliana Rovira
Arturo Puig ...
Carlos Solla
Carlos Santamaría ...
Pedro Robles
Valentina Bassi ...
Natacha
Claudio Rissi ...
Demedio
Osvaldo Santoro
José Luis Alfonzo
Yael Barnatán ...
Fabiana
Graciela Tenenbaum
María Fiorentino ...
Tutti Tudela
José Soriano ...
(as Pepe Soriano)
Florencia Merlo ...
Esposa de Demedio
Patricia Pan ...
Hija de Demedio
Micaela González ...
Hija de Demedio
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In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to live with his pension. The crisis in Argentina does not allow Fernando to get a new job, and his wife decides to sell her family's apartment and move to a small farm near Villa Dolores to reduce their expenses. Fernando comes up with the idea to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$19,844 (Brazil) (2 July 2004)

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$19,844 (Brazil) (2 July 2004)
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Fernando Robles: Don't value your students based on their answers. Answers are not true, they seek a truth that will be only relative.
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Amor de mis amores
Written by Agustín Lara (as Agustín Lara Aguirre)
Performed by Agustín Lara
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A necessary film
21 September 2002 | by (Capilla del Monte) – See all my reviews

Aristarain is one the greatest film-maker in Argentina; if he were born in an other country (more economically powerful) he would probably be a sort of classic film-maker in the history of cinema. Aristarain belongs to an old generation of argentinian artists who has been wise enough in order to keep on with his believes and aesthetics but without being stuck in the past. His movies are fresh and sharp. He doesn't lose his grip which makes his narratives very well deployed as well as subordinated to a couple of constant topics: the lost of national identity, or the dialectical swing between subjectivity and social life which is doubled in another kind of paradoxical choice between remain faithful towards oneself or to give up and obey the conservative imperative of petty-bourgeois which demand to fit in the status quo. Lugares comunes looks like a minimalist film, but it is a essential one because whatever is unnecessary in this story is not included. Luppi, by the way the best actor from Las pampas, is a literature teacher, a prototype of middle class member who is retired in advance. He is a leftist man who have found that the dream of another society started in 1879, and after that date that longing for another kind of society has been systematically betrayed. Sampietro, his wife, is an spanish woman who work with the poor. After being left with a miserable pension they have to reconsider where they want to (and can) live. They finally end running a farm. The film has many virtues: for instance, one is able to see how social history determine and comprise the psyche life of individuals. Moreover, Lugares comunes is a document of Argentinian decadence, a very satisfactory tale of how people manage to keep its decency. But it is also a love story and a philosophical meditation about getting older, the limits of reason, and how to live when there is not any transcendental meaning except the fact of being alive. The name of the film is an ironic antithesis because Lugares comunes is at odds with common sense: it is a honest critic of each ideological gadgets which has made of Argentina a ghost and creepy territory where people want to fade or voluntary exile if they still strive for being alive with any gesture of human integrity.






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