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Tetro -- Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola delivers his first original screenplay since THE CONVERSATION - and his most autobiographical work ever - in this hauntingly beautiful drama shot entirely in Argentina.
Tetro -- 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
Tetro -- Clip: Glacier ballet
Tetro -- Interview: Alden Ehrereich "On getting the part"
Tetro -- Clip: Coffee shop


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Release Date:
26 June 2009 (Spain) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Gallo ... Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini

Alden Ehrenreich ... Bennie

Maribel Verdú ... Miranda
Silvia Pérez ... Silvana

Rodrigo De la Serna ... José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)
Erica Rivas ... Ana (as Érica Rivas)
Mike Amigorena ... Abelardo
Lucas Di Conza ... Young Tetro
Adriana Mastrángelo ... Ángela

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Carlo / Alfie
Leticia Brédice ... Josefina
Sofía Gala ... María Luisa (as Sofía Castiglione)
Jean-François Casanovas ... Enrique

Carmen Maura ... Alone

Francesca De Sapio ... Amalia
Ximena Maria Iacono ... Naomi
Susana Giménez ... Herself
Pochi Ducasse ... Lili
Nora Elisabeth Robles ... Naomi - Dancer
Pedro Arturo Calveyra ... Carlo - Dancer
Mariela Noemi Magenta ... Ángela - Dancer
Marcelo Fabio Carte ... Tetro - Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guadalupe Docampo ... (uncredited)
Juliana Giambroni ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
Mauricio Kartun (verse "Fausta")

Francis Ford Coppola  written by

Produced by
Mariela Besuievsky .... co-producer: Spain
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Valerio De Paolis .... producer: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Gerardo Herrero .... co-producer: Spain
Anahid Nazarian .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
Masa Tsuyuki .... associate producer
Original Music by
Osvaldo Golijov 
Cinematography by
Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Walter Rippell 
Production Design by
Sebastián Orgambide 
Art Direction by
Federico García Cambero 
Set Decoration by
Paulina López Meyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Cecilia Monti 
Makeup Department
Osvaldo Esperón .... key hair stylist
Norberto Poli .... makeup artist
Beata Wojtowicz .... key makeup artist
Pepito Juez .... hair stylist: Spain (uncredited)
Gregorio Ros .... makeup artist: Spain (uncredited)
Production Management
Adriana Rotaru .... production manager
Winnie Baert .... production supervisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Yousaf Bokhari .... unit production manager: Spain (uncredited)
Helen Martí Donoghue .... unit manager: Spain (uncredited)
María Merediz .... post-production supervisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sol Aramburu .... second assistant director
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Juan Pablo Laplace .... assistant director
Mariana Wainstein .... third assistant director
Yousaf Bokhari .... first assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Amilcar Machado .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Óscar Manero .... second assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Art Department
Jorge Ferrari .... designer: ballet
Mario Gargallo Climent .... construction manager: Spain (uncredited)
Javier González Duato .... construction coordinator: Spain (uncredited)
Daniel Hernández .... stagehand: Spain (uncredited)
Martín Libert .... props (uncredited)
Luis Pastor .... carpenter: Spain (uncredited)
Luciana Quartaruolo .... props (uncredited)
Miguel Rodriguez .... swing gang (uncredited)
Marc Schwarzberg .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... boom operator
Vicente D'Elia .... sound effects editor
Vicente D'Elia .... sound recordist
Bechen de Loredo .... foley mixer
Leandro de Loredo .... adr editor
Leandro de Loredo .... adr recordist
Leandro de Loredo .... sound supervisor
Federico Esquerro .... foley editor
Federico Esquerro .... foley recordist
Juan Ferro .... sound editor
Colin Guthrie .... sound mix technician
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Murch .... sound re-recordist
Francisco Pedemonte .... assistant sound editor
Sin Cohen .... mix engineer (uncredited)
Mario González .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mariela Aracena .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tomas Kalhous .... head of 2D: UPP
Tomas Kalhous .... senior compositor: UPP
Vincent Badia .... flame operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Kevin Bailey .... additional visual effects: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Stepán Batousek .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Ezequiel Borovinsky .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ryan Bozajian .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Dennis Dallen .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Mario Dubec .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Blanka Faitova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Miro Gal .... senior flame artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Ales Gargulak .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tomas Hajek .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Lukas Herrmann .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jan Heusler .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Zuzana Hlavkova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Milos Hudec .... data operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Dalibor Janda .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jana Jurnickova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Helena Keslova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Pavel Kolar .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Vaclav Kostun .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Sara Kramarz .... production accountant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tomas Krejzek .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jirí Linhart .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Petr Masek .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vladimír Matousek .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jaroslav Matys .... head of visual effects production: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Daniel Melich .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Menchon .... additional visual effects (uncredited)
Viktor Muller .... visual effects supervisor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tomas Munzar .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Monika Pavlickova .... visual effects executive producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Robert Pik .... on-set visual effects assistant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Katerina Popelova .... visual effects coordinator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Marek Ruth .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tereza Severova .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jakub Szilvasi .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Alejo Varisto .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Petr Vcelicka .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Eduardo Puga .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Agustin Barrutia .... best boy
Daniel Ciurleo .... gaffer
Leonardo Hermo .... assistant camera
Roger Martínez .... camera assistant: Spain
Miguel Rivarola .... electrician
Massimo Ruggieri .... assistant camera
Alicia Schemper .... still photographer
Enrique Vélez .... grip
Jorge Alcocer .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Adriano Castoro .... still photographer: Spain (uncredited)
Jordi Florensa .... camera assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Mark Durdant Hollamby .... grip: Spain (uncredited)
Carlos Marcelo Lanza .... best boy: Spain (uncredited)
Jonathan Lee .... key grip: Spain (uncredited)
Antonio López .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Alejandro Ortigueira .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ricardo Rodríguez .... gaffer: Spain (uncredited)
Jorge Sánchez .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ileana Rippel .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Cachan .... costumer
Jorge Ferrari .... ballet costumes
Gabriela Minzi .... costumer
Verónica Schliemann .... assistant costume designer
Ana Gitrama .... seamstress: Spain (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Valerio De Paolis .... post-production: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Walter Slater Murch .... associate editor
Ezequiel Borovinsky .... first assistant film editor (uncredited)
Carolina Krasñansky .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Menchon .... second assistant film editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeremy Flower .... composer: source music
Jeremy Flower .... music editor
Claudio Ragazzi .... composer: additional music
Lev Zhurbin .... music preparation
Dante Anzolini .... orchestra conductor (uncredited)
Gonzalo Dominguez .... musician: "Fausta" (uncredited)
Rick Jacobsohn .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Bernardo Monk .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Claudio Ragazzi .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dawn Upshaw .... musician: vocals (uncredited)
Michael Ward-Bergeman .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Lev Zhurbin .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Leonardo Bargiga .... driver (uncredited)
Jose Castro .... driver (uncredited)
Frederic Fabrega .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Richard Fábrega .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
María Hinojosa .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Diego Igartua .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Alejandro Ramirez .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Sergio Reyes .... driver (uncredited)
Ricardo Villalba .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Valerio De Paolis .... additional preparation: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Joaquina Llambias .... location manager
Ana María Stekelman .... choreographer
Marisa Albares .... account assistant: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Aida Argüelles .... cashier: Spain (uncredited)
Nuria Martín Chucrel .... production assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Jim Dobson .... publicist (uncredited)
Pablo Dávila .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Frederic Fabrega .... production staff: Spain (uncredited)
Guillermo Flórez Muñiz .... production assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Adam Frost .... assistant: Zoetrope (uncredited)
Fabian Gabelli .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Ignacio García .... location manager (uncredited)
Matías Goldberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
María Guisado .... publicist (uncredited)
Kurt Hall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Asia Jarzyna .... production coordinator: Spain (uncredited)
Amilcar Machado .... production assistant (uncredited)
Virginia Maillo .... assistant: director, Spain (uncredited)
Isabel Mariscal .... legal advisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Rocio Martinez .... publicist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Paula Massa .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Juani Merino .... head of accounts: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... archivist (uncredited)
Federico Noejovich .... location manager (uncredited)
Luciana Olmedo-Wehitt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sofía Reynal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Evan Rosenstock .... language coach (uncredited)
Fernando Salem .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Schwarzberg .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Lola Silberman .... publicist: Argentina (uncredited)
Tania Simbron .... runner: daily (uncredited)
Kathleen Talbert .... publicist: U.S. (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
127 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45641)
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Francis Ford Coppola's take on the autobiographical elements of his film: "nothing in it happened, but all of it is true".See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Tetro:[Staring at Alone] Your opinion doesn't matter to me anymore.See more »
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cinema that throbs and kicks and is passionate - one of Coppola's triumphs, 22 June 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Tetro may be the "best" film Francis Ford Coppola has made in twenty-five years. Whether this speaks more to the quality of his present state of direction as an artist or on the relative hits and misses of his career in the dregs of Hollywood (be it aiming high and just missing the mark with Godfather 3 and Dracula to stuff that went over people's heads like Youth Without Youth to even crap like Jack) is a combination. He's someone who attained financial success at a time, but then lost nearly all of it and along with it, arguably, some of his artistic merit. But after years of laying low and making wine, and making a whacked-out experiment that people either dug as an abstract piece or hated to hell ('Youth'), he comes out with Tetro like a porn star with a five-foot erection. He's got something to prove, if not to his audience then himself, and he proves it with a story that is personal and a film-making technique that recalls other masters but never too directly.

Tetro is about family, a subject Coppola is, of course, well-versed in being it the notorious kind (of course, the Godfather) and the more low-level and oddly intimate (Rumble Fish). It's a story, as with Rumble Fish, told in crisp black and white widescreen with flashes of color for flashbacks which may or may not be real, and as homage to operas like The Tales of Hoffmann. The title character, wonderfully and intensely portrayed by Vincent Gallo, is in a creative exile in Buenos Aires, a once promising writer living with his doctor-wife (Maribel Verdu, great as always) who is paid a visit one day by a young man, his brother Bennie (baby-faced newcomer Alden Ehrenreich) who hasn't seen him in years. There's secrets withheld by Tetro, not least of which about their parents, and soon an unfinished, longhand written play by Tetro (real name Angelo) is discovered by Bennie in a suitcase. He'll finish his brother's play, but at what cost?

The damaged, almost bi-polar writer, the insistent and impressionable brother, the strong but uncertain woman, these characters are fully realized by Coppola, and then on top of this comes a sort of terrific puzzle that is constructed through Tetro's unfinished play: what about their father, a famous composer (Klaus Maria Brandeur) who split them apart, possibly, or possibly not? What about their mother, who died in a car accident? What about the bond between Tetro and his former mentor, "Alone", the dubbed "most important critic in South America" who has created a pretentious empire around herself? Questions arise, and Coppola rises to the challenge of giving the audience answers but not spoon-fed. It's first and foremost a story of family, of brothers who love but have to find ways to contend with their damaged selves(inspiration being Rocco and His Brothers mayhap), and it's here that it's just about classic, on par with Rumble Fish if not even deeper and wiser about the effect of parents, or lack thereof, in lives spent and possibly wasted.

The writing is immensely interesting, always, even when Coppola may fall into over-indulging in his fantastic self-indulgence as an artist, such as with the operatic flourishes towards the end (this may not make sense, but compared to the WAY over indulgence of the hard-to-defend Y.W.Y it will). If anything the little imperfections, those brush strokes that go so high with the colors and shadows and impressionistic lighting that he and DP Mihai Malaimaire Jr engage in (one who hopefully will be getting more work following such spectacular work on a mix of 35mm and HD) along with Walter Murch's dependable editing, make it an even stronger work. It should feel a little messy here and there, because its subject matter is about finding a sense of purpose, in each other and in one's art. One feels Coppola working through a history of close but torn family ties, of losing loved ones (i.e. his own son), and at the same time a love of them all and of cinema peeking through in nearly every scene, even the ones where it doesn't look like much is going on.

Tetro is the antidote, basically, for this month's Transformers sequel. If you need to find the polar opposite of a picture based practically on just making money and reeling in the crowds with its dumb giant robot battles and preposterous and shallow theatrics, look no further than a picture which cares about its characters, its multi-faceted story and themes, and about projecting a technique that hearkens back to cinema of the 50s and 60s while sticking to an originality by its filmmaker. This will likely stay with me for a while, which is what Coppola's most profound works have done.

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