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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Beautiful and touching story 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

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
Gabriel Kerbs .... electrician (additional)
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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful and touching story, 4 March 2012
Author: mario_c from Porto, Portugal

I really enjoyed this Argentinian comedy-drama movie about a solitary man that aids an indigent Chinese man that arrives in his country and speaks no word of Spanish! It's quite a beautiful and touching story mostly because of the way it develops and helps both men finding their way to happiness. It's told in the beginning that this story is based on true events. If so, it's even better and interesting.

Roberto (played by Ricardo Darín) is a solitary man that lives in a poor house and owns a small shop. He's very methodic and has some strange habits and hobbies. For instance, he shuts down the light before sleep everyday on 23pm, o'clock, on the precise second (!) and collects bizarre and absurd true stories he cuts from newspapers (I also appreciated the way those stories are told in the film: Roberto imagines the story as he was there and assumes the character of that little story, like Amélie Poulain in AMÉLIE ). But his live is not easy. He's afraid to release his feelings and emotions and he's very closed and linked to the past. At the same time he's very honest, has a strong personality and is a person with great moral values. Precisely what will make him rescue Juan, the lost Chinese man (played by Ignacio Huang) and help him against everything, even other Chinese people, who are unwilling to aid Juan… (by the way it's hilarious the scene when they go to a Chinese neighborhood in Buenos Aires and when Juan starts speaking in Chinese, to his compatriot, the other man says in Spanish – "I don't understand him!! He's talking in Cantonese and I speak Mandarin! It's a different language!" AHAH! Of course he's right but the situation is hilarious and priceless!). So, it's for this man, with such noble character, that Mari (Muriel Santa Ana), a friend and neighbor of Roberto, will fall in love. But he seems to not care, he seems to be afraid of her… or maybe he's just afraid of himself… However, helping Juan Roberto will help himself too as we will see in the end of the film. I don't use to appreciate beautiful and happy endings but here I did! I really enjoyed the way this film ended, especially because what it meant to Roberto and to the way his life turned around!

This film is delicious by its humor, its drama and also because of all those little circumstances portrayed, that can really happen to every one of us and change our lives!

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