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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
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
poetry in renewal, 21 November 2010
Author: dedalus7632 from Pinemar, Argentina

Profused with South American melancholia, the setup for this short film is a club dedicated to 'classical' film, with radio lectures on Eisenstein and live, in-theater translations (into Spanish), of classics, Von Stroheim's 'Greed,' for example. With the demise of the club, after some 20 years, the somber yet not unattractive manager must face his own options. And, as he steps out, he creates his own film. The irony in the picture is expressed in an amazing 'spontaneous' lecture the manager gives to a classroom of law students, opportunistically posing as their substitute professor. He touches on the ubiquity of illusion and 'lying' in life-- 'reality' vrs. metaphor, or in this case, film. The character of the manager is no Astaire when he dances, and there's no Minnelli behind the camera, but we get the picture, and when he connects with the girl, he goes to the movies. A reference in the credits to Mark Twain as the inspiration for the work; the minimalist writing and direction stay focused, the editing is good and the film stays with you. Worth seeing.

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