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Tetro (2009)

 -  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini
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Bennie
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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
Francesca De Sapio ...
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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Release Date:

26 June 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Segreti di famiglia  »

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Box Office

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

Francis Ford Coppola's take on the autobiographical elements of his film: "nothing in it happened, but all of it is true". 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: People around here don't know very much about me. I'd like to keep it that way.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 1: First Movement
(1876) (uncredited)
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Courtesy of Decca
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Coppola goes to Argentina
31 May 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

After a career that has consisted of the "Godfather" movies, "Apocalypse Now", "The Outsiders", Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and "Youth without Youth" - to name just a few - where would Francis Ford Coppola go next? He directed "Tetro", about the secret history of an Italian-Argentinian family.

Benjamin Tetrocini (Alden Ehrenreich) arrives in Buenos Aires and goes to visit his brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo). The embittered Angelo is now going by the name Tetro. As the movie progresses, a series of important topics about the family gets revealed, and how it has always affected the relationship between the two brothers.

Coppola uses one of the most unusual devices to tell the story. The present is filmed in stark black-and-white, while the past is shown in a slightly grainy color. It's as if the past was supposedly apparent - to show that the characters thought that they knew everything that was going on - while the present is supposedly unclear (to show that there are things to be discovered). I read that the movie pays homage to "The Tales of Hoffman", but I don't know that one, so I have to take the movie at face value. And what I saw certainly impressed me. I definitely recommend this movie.

Also starring Maribel Verdú, Carmen Maura, Klaus Maria Brandauer, and Rodrigo de la Serna (who co-starred in "The Motorcycle Diaries" and is a relative of Che Guevara).


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