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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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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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Raúl Locatelli .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Daniel Yafalián .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerardo González .... first assistant camera
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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70 min | USA:67 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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12 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The most boring film I have ever seen at TIFF, 16 September 2010
Author: hastin11 from Canada

I see about 5-8 movies a year at the Toronto film festival, and I always see a few unknowns just to take a chance. Sometimes they are great, and sometimes they are incomprehensibly boring. This film represents the latter.

It really felt to me like "artsy for the sake of being artsy." Shot in black and white, and slowly paced (which I have no problem with), the film mostly follow a day in the life of a man whose theatre has closed down. The director attempts to be amusing by shooting the film in ways similar to that of classic cinema. This was not amusing to me.

Drawn-out, incredibly dull scenes follow. Lengthy scene of main character getting his haircut? Check. Lame references to 8 1/2? Check. The message is that the main character, once his theatre closes down, turns his own life into a movie. Unfortunately, it is not really a movie that anyone would want to watch--and definitely does not nearly approach the quality of any of the movies playing at his own cinema.

You may see fans of this film giddy with the fact that the director references classic movies. I guess if you want awkward classic film references presented at an achingly dull pace which makes 70 minutes seem like 2 hours, this is the film for you.

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