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A Useful Life -- A longtime cinema employee tries to adjust to life after his theater is closed.


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14 January 2011 (USA) See more »
A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down. | Add synopsis »
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An excellent and original work of art and an sincere homage to film love See more (7 total) »


Jorge Jellinek ... Jorge
Manuel Martinez Carril ... Martínez
Paola Venditto ... Paola

Directed by
Federico Veiroj 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Inés Bortagaray 
Gonzalo Delgado 
Arauco Hernández Holz 
Federico Veiroj 

Produced by
Federico Veiroj .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eduardo Fabini 
Leo Masliah 
Cinematography by
Arauco Hernández Holz 
Film Editing by
Arauco Hernández Holz 
Federico Veiroj 
Art Direction by
Emilia Carlevaro 
Production Management
Pedro Barcia .... assistant production manager
Laura Gutman .... production manager
Juan José López .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manolo Nieto .... first assistant director
Art Department
Emilia Carlevaro .... set designer
Sound Department
Jaime Fernández .... re-recording mixer
Raúl Locatelli .... sound
Patricia Milanesi .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Daniel Yafalián .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerardo Gonzalez Aguirres .... first assistant camera (as Gerardo González)
Karin Porley .... second assistant camera
Karin Porley .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emilia Carlevaro .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Marisa Fernández Armenteros .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Fran Lorite .... color grading operator

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Also Known As:
"La vida útil" - Uruguay (original title)
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67 min
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An excellent and original work of art and an sincere homage to film love, 14 December 2010
Author: Fernando Correa

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.

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