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Un cuento chino
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Writer:
Sebastián Borensztein (written by)
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Release Date:
24 March 2011 (Argentina) See more »
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Plot:
In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Barriers and Bridges See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ricardo Darín ... Roberto
Muriel Santa Ana ... Mari
Ignacio Huang ... Jun
Enric Cambray ... Roberto as a Young Man (as Enric Rodríguez)
Iván Romanelli ... Leonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joaquín Bouzas ... Cliente 2
Julia Castelló Agulló ... Italian Lover
Gustavo Comini ... Chofer volquete
Vivian El Jaber ... Rosa
Javier Pinto ... Italian Lover
Derli Prada ... Proveedor 1
Pablo Seijo ... Cliente 1
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Directed by
Sebastián Borensztein 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sebastián Borensztein  written by

Produced by
Daniela Alvarado .... delegate producer
Mariela Besuievsky .... executive producer
Pablo Bossi .... producer
Juan Pablo Buscarini .... producer
Isabel García Peralta .... co-producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Axel Kuschevatzky .... producer
Marcelo La Torre .... line producer
Carlos Mentasti .... associate producer
Ben Odell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lucio Godoy (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Pulpeiro  (as Rolo Pulpeiro)
 
Film Editing by
Pablo Barbieri Carrera 
Fernando Pardo 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Musso 
 
Set Decoration by
Laura Musso 
 
Makeup Department
Kenyar Padilla .... hair stylist
Lucila Robirosa .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Josean Gómez .... production manager
Daniel Martínez .... post-production manager
Maria Vacas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angie Paúl .... second assistant director (as Angie Paul)
Jaume Quiles .... second assistant director
Maria Alejandra Uz .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ángel Sarrión .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Vicente D'Elia .... sound mixer
Eduardo Esquide .... sound
Diego Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario González .... mixer assistant
Sergio González .... assistant sound editor
Felix Rost .... adr recordist
Carlos Schmukler .... supervising sound editor
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Patricio Barreiro .... digital compositor
Juan Jose Elias .... visual effects supervisor
Pablo F. Molina .... visual effects artist
Mariela Nussembaum .... compositor
Ferran Piquer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Alejandro Valente .... post production director
Alejandro Valente .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernando Blanc .... focus puller
Miguel Caram .... additional camera operator
Gaston Guisado .... second camera operator
Germán Lorenzo .... camera: making of
Sergio Piñeyro .... gaffer
Javier Portabales .... electrician
Jorge Coki Tristán .... key grip
Gustavo Triviño .... steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alejandra Albert .... seamstress assistant
Angela Ortuño .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Laura Giménez .... assistant editor
Sanchez Nerina .... colorist
Sanchez Nerina .... on-line editor
Nerina Sanchez .... colorist
Nerina Sanchez .... on-line editor
Virginia Vallés .... assistant on-line editor
 
Music Department
Dario Eskenazi .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Avelina Prat .... script supervisor
Aitana Sánchez .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un cuento chino" - Argentina (original title)
"Chinese Take-Away" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | France:U | Germany:12 | Norway:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Barriers and Bridges, 13 November 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

Accidents can change people as this beautifully crafted film from Argentina written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein proves. It is a lovely mixture of fantasy (the fantasy is actually based on a true story) and the reality of how immigrants to any country adjust and the need for the kindness of strangers.

The film opens in a beautiful scene in Fucheng, China where a young couple about to marry are on a picturesque little boat in the middle of a river, celebrating their future. Suddenly a cow drops out of the sky, smashes the boat, kills the girl and the young man Jun (Ignacio Huang) survives.

Jump immediately to Buenos Aires where we meet the bitter and methodic Roberto as a lonely owner of a hardware store. Roberto (Ricardo Darín) collects strangely bizarre worldwide happenings he finds in the many newspapers to which he subscribes and pastes them in an album as a hobby. The man who delivers the stack of newspapers has a sister-in-law Mari (Muriel Santa Ana) who has an unrequited love for Roberto, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, while watching the landing of airplanes at the airport, Roberto sees a Chinese lad named Jun being thrown out of a taxi: he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the address of the tattoo with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station (where Roberto slugs the desk policeman for insisting that Jun spend the night in jail), to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto sees the only option is to allow Jun in his house ('for a certain number of days only!') and after a series of incidents, he finds a Chinese take-out delivery boy to translate for Jun.

Roberto explains to Jun through the translator that life is absurd, does not have any sense, and shares his hobby of the news he had collected including one about some men stealing cows in China with a plane and how a group of peasants follows and shoots the plane in flight, the plane's back door is opened, and two cows are dropped, one of them killing a girlfriend in a boat, who happens to be Jun's, as the translator then explains to Roberto. Roberto then shares his childhood reasons for his current world view and they are dramatic. A series of incidents occurs in which Jun is able to payback the kindness of Roberto, but the major impact is the relationship that forms between Roberto and Jun, a relationship without language communication but with so much more. The small accidental ironies include the Latin American belief that what falls from the sky is usually a sign of good luck, and the final 'gift' Jun leaves Roberto is a drawing of a cow's head on the back of Roberto's store - the space Jun ad cleaned for his room and board.

This is a delicate and very tender story and succeeds because of the sterling performances by Ricardo Darín, Ignacio Huang, and Muriel Santa Ana. Perhaps it doesn't 'take a village' to make changes, but the reciprocity of two disparate people thrown together by fate certainly does.

Grady Harp

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