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Conversations with Mother (2004)

Conversaciones con mamá (original title)
Jaime has lost his job and has to provide for his wife, son and daughter. Pressured by this circumstances, he visits his mom, who lives in an apartment he owns, to ask her to move with him ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
China Zorrilla ...
Mamá
Eduardo Blanco ...
Jaime
Ulises Dumont ...
Gregorio
Silvina Bosco ...
Dorita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Floria Bloise ...
Lucrecia
Nicolás Condito ...
Chico
Tito Mendoza ...
Enfermero
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Jaime has lost his job and has to provide for his wife, son and daughter. Pressured by this circumstances, he visits his mom, who lives in an apartment he owns, to ask her to move with him so he can sell the apartment. But she is not going to cooperate. And, to Jaime's surprise, she also has a boyfriend! Written by Romina Ferraro

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Que la ternura te toque el corazón. (Let the tenderness touch your heart)

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Gregorio: Come on, boy! Do your job and let me do mine!
Enfermero: And what's your job, grandpa?
Gregorio: My job? I'm an anarchist-retired! That's what I am!
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The most moving existent relationship: Son and Mother
25 August 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The film industry of Argentina is ruled by moments, or times. When it is someone's time he or she needs to take advantage of it; mainly if the person is creating some good material. When "Son of the Bride" became a hit, Juan José Campanella realized it was his time and did "Luna de Avellaneda", with his favorite actor who has enjoyed the "time" for a long time: Ricardo Darín.

But there was a supporting actor in Campanella's most famous films who also caught my attention: Eduardo Blanco. It's not his time probably, but he stars alongside the great China Zorrilla in "Conversaciones con mama". Surprisingly, when Eduardo Blanco was given a chance by Campanella in a movie called "El mismo amor, la misma lluvia", he didn't won an award for Best New Actor, but he got the Best Supportng Actor Award.

There are many viewers who dislike Eduardo Blanco; I don't, but I'll get into that later. Now, watching China Zorrilla is a pleasure for almost every Argentinean. I was given a chance to admire her for a second time, and she didn't disappoint me. Directors today choose their casts considering what the audience wants to see; but there's no problem with that if the actors are good.

Santiago Carlos Oves not only directed, but wrote "Conversaciones con mamá". Who is he? You might wonder. Well, he is no amateur in our film industry. He was part of the writing team who wrote the prodigious "El Faro", directed by Eduardo Mignona; he wrote "Sol de otoño", also Mignona's; and he was one of the writers of a movie with Federico Luppi called "Matar al abuelito".

I don't want to compare or criticize, but a thing that is noticeable in Oves as a writer/director is that he might choose the actors the people want to see, but he directs what he wants to sense and he writes what he want to hear; standing aside from others that work entirely for the business. The screenplay of "Conversaciones con mamá" is not something everyone will like; it is slow and detailed, and that's what makes it so good.

It covers the story of an Argentinean middle aged man in the middle class (Jaime, Eduardo Blanco's part); the most typical man of our country. But this man in particular has forgotten the good things life has to offer; the love for a woman, the respect for a son or daughter and the conversation with a mother (China Zorrilla) he calls once a day and asks how she is and she responds "fine" without being able of telling him that she has a boyfriend (a poor protester played by Ulises Dumont).

Oves' direction is revealing, and it plays a lot with the memory, taking advantage of China's ability of being the most charming person in the world for an hour and a half. Who would have a guess that a grown man can discover what he really feels through his mother, a woman that he doesn't visit much and doesn't eat with anymore? "I'm an appearance", he tells her. "And what's behind that appearance", she asks him. "Fear".

I admire Eduardo Blanco because he can play a human being looking like one. "He can't be an actor", I say to myself sometimes; because he is so real that you believe everything he does and says. I assume people don't like him because he always plays the same character. Well, he probably does, but let's just say that he looks better playing the same role here than China looks playing the character she knows by heart; and that's a compliment.


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