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El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 June 1999 (France)
Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »

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Arturo Ripstein
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fernando Luján ... El coronel
Marisa Paredes ... Lola
Salma Hayek ... Julia
Rafael Inclán Rafael Inclán ... Padre Ángel
Ernesto Yáñez Ernesto Yáñez ... Don Sabas
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Nogales
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Germán
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... Jacinta
Odiseo Bichir ... Dr. Pardo
Julián Pastor Julián Pastor ... Lugones
Eugenio Lobo Eugenio Lobo ... Álvaro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Castillo Enrique Castillo
Jorge Castillo Jorge Castillo ... El cartero
Juana Garza Juana Garza
Mercedes Gironella Mercedes Gironella
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Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still waiting, living with the pain of the death of his son. Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Basada en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fox (Mexico)

Country:

Mexico | France | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ezredes úrnak nincs, aki írjon See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Slow and Touching Movie, Which Reflects the Social and Financial Situation of Most of the Elder Retired Persons in Third World Countries
15 May 2004 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In a poor village in Mexico, the Colonel (Fernando Luján) lives with his asthmatic wife Lola (Marisa Paredes) in an old house. Lola still grieves the death of their son Augustin some time ago. The colonel has been expecting for his pension of fighter in a war against Catholic church for almost twenty-seven years. However, for political reasons, the present government wants to forget this old fight. Without having any possession or money, but a valuable gamecock, they struggle to survival with the expectation of the acknowledgement letter from the government, recognizing the law and paying for the delayed pension. This slow and touching movie reflects the social and financial situation of most of the elder retired persons in third world countries. In Brazil, most of the retired persons has to survive with about US$ 80,00 per month. The debts of the colonel in the story were made to pay for a graveyard for his son, otherwise he would be buried as an indigent. Outstanding performance of the cast, in a very sad story that is reality in the poor countries. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): (`Não se Escreve ao Coronel') (Do not Write to the Colonel)


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