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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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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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"A useful life" will take part of my list of great films list : have irony, humor, beauty, and an unusual ending,, 23 November 2010
Author: motor-1 from USA

The first time I saw ''A useful life'' was in a special screening for a group of old critics and journalists. It was in a little theater on a early afternoon. I must confess that I'm a film addicted, however I felt like an alien among all these people who knows film better than me. "A useful life" starts as a old comedy. When Jorge appears using old fashioned technologies, I couldn't contain my laugh because it remind me people and institutions I know in many countries who use audio or video- cassettes tapes and others obsolete media ways to do things, it woke me up tenderness. In the year of 2010 Jorge and his Cinematheque represents an obsolete way of living however it is a real way in many parts of the world. A old fashioned cinema world into the real world, "A Useful Life'' smells this contradiction showing us this bizarre way of living, and reflected warmly. I remembered other films of cinema within the cinema: Cinema Paradise, The Purple Rose of Cairo and my favorite B&W movie: Sunset Boulevard. "A useful life" takes part of this great films list, irony, humor, beauty, and an unusual ending, I like these type of movies. When the film reach its turning point and Jorge starts out his new way of life I felt the energy and enthusiastic expressions of the public, it was incredible! we were happy knowing that he and his way of living can survive, it was a common feeling in the room: cinema can be safe. To people like me, theater, B&W movies, Cinematheques, and movies like "A useful life" cannot disappear, neither dinosaurs.

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