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Tetro (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 June 2009 (Spain)
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Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.

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A coming-of-age story about a teenage Italian-American boy and girl.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini
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Miranda
Silvia Pérez ...
Silvana
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José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)
Erica Rivas ...
Ana (as Érica Rivas)
Mike Amigorena ...
Abelardo
Lucas Di Conza ...
Young Tetro
Adriana Mastrángelo ...
Ángela
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Carlo / Alfie
Leticia Brédice ...
Josefina
Sofía Gala ...
María Luisa (as Sofía Castiglione)
Jean-François Casanovas ...
Enrique
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Alone
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Amalia
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Storyline

The week of his 18th birthday, Bennie, who's a waiter on a cruise ship, has a layover in Buenos Aires. He seeks out his older brother, Tetro, whom he hasn't seen in years. Tetro, who lives with Miranda, is a burned-out case; he's hot and cold toward his brother, introducing him as a "friend," refusing to talk about their family, telling Bennie not to tell Miranda who their father is. Thoughts of their father cast a shadow over both brothers. Who is he, and what past has Tetro left behind? Bennie finds pages of Tetro's unfinished novel, and he pushes both to know his own history and to become a part of his brother's life again. What can come of Bennie's pushing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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26 June 2009 (Spain)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,504 (USA) (12 June 2009)

Gross:

$438,350 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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Trivia

One of Francis Ford Coppola's very early films, Dementia 13 (1963), is referenced in the film when the protagonist arrives at a prize ceremony carrying an axe. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Tetro stumbles into the kitchen with a broken leg and knocks over some furniture while lighting a cigarette using a burner on the stove. he ignites the burner by just turning the knob on the stove. A few minutes later Miranda must use a match to light a burner on the same stove-top. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Tetro: You stay away from me, got it?
Bennie: Whatever you say, Angie...
Tetro: Angie is dead. My name is Tetro.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 36, K.425: Andante
(1783) (uncredited)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Karl Böhm
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
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Stunning, epic, glorious and beautiful.
30 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When two estranged brothers are reunited in Buenos Aires a story unfolds as truths are told, history revisited and the future rewritten. Glorious in it's black and white, Francis Ford Coppola has woven together a huge, operatic styled film with a beautiful, yet sad tale of family at it's heart.

It is often breathtaking in it's imagery; light flickers across faces, each frame looks exquisite and the camera places itself at angles that give a entirely new perspective. Alden Ehrenrich is beautiful upon the screen and portrays the younger brother Bennie wonderfully. Older brother Tetro is aloof and almost mean and is actually well played by Vincent Gallo. Another great performance is by Maribel Verdu as the ever supportive woman in Tetro's life.

The story is immense, and the past is gradually revealed and usually and at first oddly in contrasting colour. These flashbacks I found annoying because they were in colour, yet as the film progresses a touch of surrealism enters the film as flashbacks are told in colour but also in the form of dance adding to the operatic, theatrical feel the film gathers as it progresses. It is an amazing achievement, the dance sequences are beautiful and sublime. As is the film's score, at times the use of opera and classical pieces couldn't be more perfect and add a wonderful sense of feeling to the film. I was so throughally enraged by the film I could barely take my eye from the screen.

It is rare that I come away from a film, wanting to see it again, but with Tetro I did. It is a film full of beauty, emotion and tragedy. One that tells a great story and does so with great visual style. Brilliant stuff More of my reviews at my site iheartfilms.weebly.com


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