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The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)

El lado oscuro del corazón (original title)
Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »


Eliseo Subiela


Mario Benedetti (poems), Juan Gelman (poems) | 2 more credits »
12 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Darío Grandinetti ... Oliverio
Sandra Ballesteros Sandra Ballesteros ... Ana
Nacha Guevara ... La Muerte
André Mélançon ... Erik
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Jean Pierre Reguerraz ... Gustavo
Mónica Galán ... La ex esposa
Inés Vernengo Inés Vernengo ... La ciega
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marisa Aguilera Marisa Aguilera ... Bigotuda
Hugo Arana
Mariana Baranchuk Mariana Baranchuk ... Amiga Ana
Claudia Bedacarratz Claudia Bedacarratz ... Mendiga
Mario Benedetti ... Poeta Aleman
Jesús Berenguer Jesús Berenguer ... Publicitario 1
Pablo Brichta Pablo Brichta ... Novio
Silvina Chaine Silvina Chaine ... Mujeres cabaret


Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets a prostitute, Ana, with whom he falls in love. Back in Buenos Aires, he accepts a contract with a publicity agency to get the money for three days of love with her. Will he get what he's searching for when his ideal of love's pleasure is literally going in levitation while making love? Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Comedy | Romance | Drama


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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 65th Academy Awards in 1993. When the Oscar nominations came out it was overlooked in favor of A Place in the World (1992) (A Place in the World) which was later the only film in Academy Awards history to have been removed from the final ballot. See more »


Oliverio: The ball I threw while playing in the park has not yet reached the ground
Oliverio: I don't give a damn if if her skin feels like a peach or sandpaper It's irrelevant. if she wakes up with breath like an aphrodisiac or an insecticide. I'm perfectly willing to put up with a nose that'd win first prize at a carrot show. But on one thing I am intransigent. On no account whatsoever will I forgive a woman who cannot fly. If she can't,she'd better forget me.
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Followed by The Dark Side of the Heart 2 (2001) See more »


Gloria RV 588
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Choral St-John's College
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Poetry in motion.
21 March 1999 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

A film about a poet and his love for a hooker; the poet and his friendship with his artistic friends; the poet and his run-ins with the beautiful Death; the poet and his poems. A poetic film.

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Argentina | Canada


Spanish | German

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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