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A Shadow You Soon Will Be (1994)

Una sombra ya pronto serás (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 5 May 1994 (Argentina)
A computer programmer who, after his train breaks down, takes to wandering aimlessly through remote regions of La Pampa, Viedma and Carhue. he meets a succession of equally lost souls, ... See full summary »


Héctor Olivera

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ángel Solá ... Ingeniero (as Miguel Angel Sola)
Pepe Soriano ... Coluccini
Martín Coria Martín Coria ... Encargado surtidor
Roberto Carnaghi ... Cura Salinas
Hernán Jiménez Hernán Jiménez ... Rubio (as Hernan Gimenez)
Pedro Segni Pedro Segni ... Petiso
Mario Lozano Mario Lozano ... Patrón Bar
Alfonso De Grazia Alfonso De Grazia ... Maldonado
Eusebio Poncela ... Lem
Marita Ballesteros Marita Ballesteros ... Alicia
Juan José Ghisalberti Juan José Ghisalberti ... Conserje hotel (as Juan Jose Ghisalberti)
Alicia Bruzzo ... Nadia
Leandro Regúnaga Leandro Regúnaga ... Empleado motel
Diego Torres Diego Torres ... Boris
Gloria Carrá Gloria Carrá ... Rita (as Gloria Carra)


A computer programmer who, after his train breaks down, takes to wandering aimlessly through remote regions of La Pampa, Viedma and Carhue. he meets a succession of equally lost souls, including a globe-trotting gambler, a circus owner whose performers left him "because the whole country was a circus: and a tarot card reader with large gaps in her knowledge of the future. Written by Jim Wade <jimwade@earthlink.net>

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He came back to Argentina and he got lost...




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Spanish | Italian | Latin

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5 May 1994 (Argentina) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 67th Academy Awards in 1995. See more »

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One of the best - Una de las majores peliculas de todo tiempo
7 June 2002 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

With the wanderer bleakness of a Sábato's "Héroes y Tumbas" - or better, with the "end of the road" tristesse, gallows-humor and absurdity of Onetti's "Cuando ya no importe" - piense en "Que el ultimo en irse apague la luz" (Montevideo's epitaph spray-painted on a marble wall of the airport) - but with a tanguero's nostaglia, a comradery and heartbreak of lost souls, a Cono Austral vision reminiscent of Hamsun's "Mysterier", of Kafka's "Prozess" (The Trial), but with the light, the perpetual wind, the sunsets, the rustic semi-ghost towns of Pampas, and an absurd, poetic love of life that despite all I suppose places it closer to Fellini - as though life were a concatenation of operatic scenes, mostly "recitativo", but interspersed with intimiate scenes, touching moments of failed dreams and haunting illusions, arias of exquisite beauty - evoked through the eye of an artist: quaint, charming, touching, sensual, eternal, all defining the question of life as a subtle joke. The final artistic trick is the knack of a graceful and timely exit, before the actor and his scene - his role on this stage called "earth" become grotesque. How did Shakespeare put it? And in how many words, how many scenes, how many emotions?

I haven't time to compose a proper critique - whatever - so scribble the above shreds of thought hoping they produce some intuitive vision of the magnificent - but simple, low-budget, humanistic work of art that is this film. I see no way to improve it. I wish there were more like it.

Though how many could I take? At least a year has past, yet I still haven't recovered from "Butterfly" - Jose Luis Cuerda's (Spain) equally simple but abrumadora pelicula. I feel like crying to think of it. "Sombra", on the other hand, I can see (and have seen)again and again and again - savoring many scenes, especially at the end. "Butterfly", I may never watch again - its scars go deep.

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