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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 »
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Plot:
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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6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

 
Jorge Jellinek ... Jorge
Manuel Martinez Carril ... Martínez
Paola Venditto ... Paola
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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 
Macunaima 
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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Runtime:
70 min | USA:67 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
it's not about cinema it's about people who love cinema, 10 July 2011
Author: Ayal Oren from Israel

To elaborate on my title, it's about people who actually live in the cinema. People who believe in the sanctity of "good lies". I saw this film today in the Jerusalem Film Pestival, it's worthy of 8.5 but I have to keep my rating in natural numbers. It's worthy of 8.5 because the director is worthy of 9 at least, his control over the language of cinema is obvious from each and every frame, he uses here a non actor in the lead, with almost no facial expressions and still gets a 100% credible performance out of him, and his use of camera angles, zooms and the rest of the arsenal the art of cinema offers him, is simply outstanding. Notice that though the whole first half of the film takes place inside the cinematheque, we don't get to see a single frame of actual movie, we do get to see some titles. this could have something to do with distribution rights but it works here to perfection, because cinema is not the issue, but that's was said already, and to say more I'd have to go into specific details - I don't do that.

Just go see it if you have an opportunity. the opportunity.

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