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El Estudiante (2009)

After retiring to the beautiful Mexican town of Guanajuato, a 70 year old decides to follow his dreams and enroll at the university where he stumbles upon a new generation and they are bound together by the novel Don Quijote de la Mancha.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Lavat ...
Norma Lazareno ...
José Carlos Ruiz ...
Don Pedro
Cristina Obregón ...
Santiago (as Pablo Cruz Guerrero)
Siouzana Melikian ...
Cuauhtémoc Duque ...
Daniel Martínez ...
Silvia Santoyo ...
Jeronimo Medina ...
Raúl Adalid ...
Sofía Taache ...
Fernando Estrada ...


Chano (Jorge Lavat), a retiree in his seventies, enrolls at a university to follow his long-deferred dream of studying literature and in the process he tears down the generational gap with a group of youngsters. In a clash of diverse customs and traditions, they share their hopes and dreams, overcoming the challenges of life, romance and friendship. Written by L. Cremers

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8 October 2010 (USA)  »

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MXN 20,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Really good!
6 September 2009 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

First of all, this movie is amazing! From the trailer, I didn't really know what to expect. I was sort of expecting one of you typical 5/10 star Mexican medium budget film. Boy, was I surprised.

The acting was top notch, the jokes were perfectly executed and I could really identify with various characters. The DP work was amazing and I fell in love even more with the beautiful city of Guanajuato.

The only problem I had (which also prevented me from giving this movie a 10) was that this movie tried to deal with too many stories for its 90 min length. I sometimes felt like the subplots were a little bit rushed and that some scenes were missing back story or were even a little bit pointless.

Aside from that, (I won't give away spoilers) but I was crying and going through the same emotions as the characters towards the end (and I sincerely almost never experience that nowadays).

Final Verdict: You have gotta see this movie!

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