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Dark Blue Almost Black (2006)

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Just as his childhood sweetheart Natalia returns, his infertile brother Antonio asks Jorge to impregnate Paula, Antonio's imprisoned girlfriend.
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Jorge
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Paula
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Antonio
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Andrés
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Israel
Eva Pallarés ...
Natalia
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Fernando
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Ana
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Roberto
Natalia Mateo ...
Funcionaria
Alba Gárate ...
Alba
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Empleada banco
Carmen Arévalo ...
Maestra de ceremonias
Joaquín Notario ...
Jefe de personal 1
Esther Ortega ...
Jefe de personal 2
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Jorge is a 25-year old janitor who desperately tries to find himself a new, and especially, better, job. This undertaking is complicated by the fact he takes care of his handicapped father who had a hart infarct seven years earlier. His soon-to-be-released brother Antonio finds a girlfriend (Paula) in jail who wants to get pregnant. When Antonio finds out he's infertile, Jorge is asked to make Paula pregnant. To make the dilemma even heavier, Jorge's childhood sweetheart Natalia returns after many years. Meanwhile, Jorge's best friend Israel (nicknamed Sean) secretly photographs men visiting an erotic masseur to find out something he didn't bargain for. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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$1,897 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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$4,769 (USA) (2 November 2007)
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References Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (1972) See more »

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Written by Alba Gárate
Performed by Lantana
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A splendid debut
17 September 2006 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was very impressed by the first feature by writer/director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival. A tender, intimate portrayal of characters trapped by circumstance or their own feelings of responsibility, unable to fulfill their goals or dreams. Jorge works as a janitor in his apartment building, caring for his stroke-impaired father. In addition to being frustrated by his dead end job (he is continually rejected for business-related careers, despite a degree he earned at night school) and his guilt-induced caretaker role for his ailing father, he becomes trapped between two women: his unrequited love and his likable, but ne'er-do-well brother's girlfriend, a prisoner desperate to become pregnant. Meanwhile his best friend begins to question his sexuality after visiting a 'full-service' male massage therapist patronized by his own father. I was reminded of Almodovar in Arevalo's ability to combine comedy and drama, to make unlikely situations seem totally real, and to create intimate, nuanced characters and compelling inter-relationships. Beautifully filmed, nice score, well-acted. A splendid debut.


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