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Un cuento chino
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Release Date:
24 March 2011 (Argentina) See more »
In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store.... See more » | Add synopsis »
11 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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  (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
Oriel Pérez .... props
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
Pablo Bernst .... electrician
Fernando Blanc .... focus puller
Miguel Caram .... additional camera operator
Gaston Guisado .... second camera operator
Gabriel Kerbs .... electrician (additional)
Germán Lorenzo .... camera: making of
Diego Mendizábal .... second assistant camera
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
Agustin Bossi .... making of
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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Argentina:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | France:U | Germany:12 | Norway:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
language gap, 25 February 2013
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

Usually telling the end of a film is considered a spoiler. In the case of Argentinian director Sebastián Borensztein, 'Chinese Take-Out' ('Un cuento cino' in the Spanish version) it would be a spoiler to tell how it begins. I actually watched the usual late comers to the cinema hall and wondered whether the film experience is really complete for those folks who entered even only two minutes late after the start of the projection. So, I won't make the mistake of revealing the start of this quite charming feel-good film, I will just say it's quite relevant.

The film tells the story of a grumpy mid-aged owner of a hardware shop in Argentina named Roberto who lives alone, refusing almost any relation with other human beings excepting his suppliers and customers (well, even with these ones only to the point where they do not walk on his toes). He is a good and decent man, and a very bad communicator at the same time. The last thing he needs in life is the appearance of a young Chinese man, Jun, frightened and disoriented, who looks for his uncle in the search for somebody to support him in finding a new way in a new country and who has no-one to rely on but Roberto whom he met accidentally. None of them speaks any word in the language of the other, and each hides traumas from the bast that justify their own barriers in communication. The whole movie is about finding ways to communicate and building a friendship that will help both in overcoming the hurdles of life.

Films about overcoming cultural gaps doubled by barriers of language and making human communication possible despite of them have been made in the past, the one I happen to remember is the Israeli 'Noodle', which was telling the story of a stewardess who finds herself taking care of an abandoned Chinese kid. What makes the story different in 'Un quento cino' are the background stories of the two heroes and the fact that Ricardo Darin and Ignacio Huang are right on spot for the two leading roles. One of the nice ideas of the film is that Jun (Huang) does not really speak one word of Spanish during the whole film, he speaks Chinese, but no translation is available. The language gap is more than a emotional trick or a comic pretext in this film. It is the very glue upon which the relationship and eventually the friendship between the two characters is based upon. Although it is aimed eventually to be a feel-good movie (and succeeds to be so) 'Un quento cino' avoids falling into cheap melodrama because of the discrete humor built upon the day-to-day situations, also based on the fact that in the absence of words the characters need to use gestures which to some extent remind the pantomime style of the early cinema comedies. A discrete and pleasant film.

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