6.5/10
521
7 user 39 critic

A Useful Life (2010)

La vida útil (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 14 January 2011 (USA)
Trailer
2:10 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.

Director:

Reviews
7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

El apóstata I (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An existential comedy about a Spanish man trying to apostatize from the Catholic Church.

Director: Federico Veiroj
Stars: Álvaro Ogalla, Marta Larralde, Bárbara Lennie
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers.

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat
Loulou (1980)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Nelly abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Guy Marchand
Barbara I (2017)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara.

Director: Mathieu Amalric
Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Peirani
À nos amours (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An erratic young woman's family desperately tries to prevent her increasingly erotic ways.

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Christophe Odent
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
Daisies (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová
Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková
Pickpocket (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An actress wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.

Director: Sang-soo Hong
Stars: Min-hee Kim, Young-hwa Seo, Jae-yeong Jeong
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jorge Jellinek ...
Manuel Martinez Carril ...
Martínez
Paola Venditto ...
Paola
Edit

Storyline

A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Useful Life  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Life's Whirlpool (1916) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An excellent and original work of art and an sincere homage to film love
14 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

In black and white, with non professional actors, and a minimal story with slow pace, it might seem another boring and pretentious experimental work. Quite the contrary it's a fascinating, melancholic hilarious and delicate testimony of some people's true love to cinema. People that work all their lives in film archives and cinemateques,and that dedicate their existence to preserve films, exhibit them and educate audiences, have never been better reflected in a movie. Going to in counter-current with the trivialization of the media and dominating pop culture full of vacuous digital "special effects", this work appeals to real "special affects" in order to introduce us to the daily work in the uruguayan Cinemateque, one of the most respected of the continent. It's not a documentary, although at moments it might feel better than one in approaching it's characters, most of them people who really work at the cinemateque or in the case of Jorge who are film critics, not actors. The surprise comes at the second part of the film, when reality and fantasy overlap and when the main character makes a strange and illuminating voyage through the streets of Montevideo in search of love and to reinvent himself through cinema. A precious jewel recommended only to those with sensibility and intelligence to appreciate this sincere declaration of love.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now