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Orlando Vargas (2005)

 |  Drama  |  22 June 2005 (France)
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Orlando Vargas has lived with his wife, Alice, and son, Thomas, in Uruguay for years now, subject to a great deal of pressure from the Uruguayan government. His assistant Gaspar is ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Orlando Vargas
Elina Löwensohn ...
Héctor Guido ...
Rosa Simonelli ...
Ernesto Liotti ...
Eduardo Amaro ...
Jorge Bolani ...
Homme saoul
William Triest ...
Ximena Decuadro ...
Juan Calvo ...
Commissaire Ramirez
Daniel Rodriguez ...
Barman Bénitez
Rodrigo Dambrauskas ...
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Orlando Vargas has lived with his wife, Alice, and son, Thomas, in Uruguay for years now, subject to a great deal of pressure from the Uruguayan government. His assistant Gaspar is concerned for him, and others praise him for his courage. Orlando's steps are always controlled by a policeman, but he seems indifferent to the danger ahead. Only son Thomas is witness to the anger his father tries to drown out with alcohol. Orlando surprises his family when he decides to leave with Alice and Thomas for Josefina, a remote village on the shore just prior to the Brazilian border. In Josefina, he is apparently awaited. On the day the family arrives, Orlando goes to the desolate town bar, does not come home. It seems Alice will finally have to face the truth about hr husband. Written by Benzao

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Remote, Remote, Remote but Worthwhile.....
22 June 2005 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

This fine little picture takes the viewer up into northern Uruguay to the Brazilian border and a flat bleak stormy coast.

As to what happens, it is fair to say that it depends on what you might think happens.

This is one of those cases in which it seems that lots of very major events are going on but the viewer remains rather clueless. And clearly on purpose.

Still it is a good ride, opening in the suave capital city then moving darkly north.

The acting is excellent and the filming is rather majestic on the minuscule of detail. The director has a firm hand.

The sound is a mixture of French and Spanish, the Latin American kind of Spanish. And lots of wind and beach surf sounds.

This is all certainly worth the trip, if only for the haunting sound track music and some views of the parts of the world so banal that they seem extraordinary.

The main song is perhaps the one Almovodar immortalized a few years ago about three movies back, the one about the hospital, then it may not be. It is that kind of a movie.

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