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Privates Lives (2001)

Vidas privadas (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 2 November 2001 (Spain)
Carmen Uranga is a middle-aged Argentine woman who after living many years in Madrid returns to Buenos Aires to assist her sick father (Héctor Alterio). His sister Ana is a lawyer in charge... See full summary »


Fito Páez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Roth ... Carmen Uranga
Gael García Bernal ... Gustavo Gana / Bertolini-Gigolo
Luis Ziembrowski Luis Ziembrowski ... Alejandro / Doctor
Chunchuna Villafañe ... Sofía / Carmen's mother
Lito Cruz ... Rodolfo / Gustavo's Father
Carola Reyna ... Roxana Rodó / Pimp
Héctor Alterio ... Padre de Carmen / Carmen's Father
Audry Gutierrez Alea Audry Gutierrez Alea ... Gladys / Maid
Dolores Fonzi ... Ana / Carmen's sister
Luis Machín Luis Machín ... Eduardo
Eusebio Poncela ... Voz en Madrid (voice)
Fabiana Cantilo Fabiana Cantilo ... Vecina
Lucrecia Capello ... Amanda
Yasmin Elias Yasmin Elias ... Vicky
Javier Olmedo Javier Olmedo ... Remisero 1


Carmen Uranga is a middle-aged Argentine woman who after living many years in Madrid returns to Buenos Aires to assist her sick father (Héctor Alterio). His sister Ana is a lawyer in charge of managing family inheritance. Once at home, she relives the trauma of when she was imprisoned because of her political ideas. During the ten months of prison she was raped and forced to give birth to a child who was later given up for adoption. Incapable since then to have a relationship with a man, she experiments a very particular method to satisfy her sexual impulses. Every night, he pays a boy named Gustavo to listen to his voice while reading erotic novels, on the only condition that neither can see each other. But when he falls in love with her and she yields to his attention, both their lives are distorted.

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¿Hasta donde podria llegar una mujer por una pasion?




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When Carmen accidentally burns herself on the thick green candle in the restaurant, the candle itself is completely missing from the next shot of the table. It then reappears, lying on its side, in the long shot through the window from Ana's point of view. See more »

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Extremely Painful...and I have seen some bad movies...
6 August 2004 | by mkronenSee all my reviews

I agree with the previous review that this is very painful to watch. As a loyal Almodovar fan, I went to see this film because Cecilia Roth was in it as well as Gael Garcia Bernal who I'd seen in a couple of other films.

It was during the Miami Film Festival and Fito Paez happened to be in the audience that night. There was a huge Argentinian fan base watching that night.

What a horrible movie. My husband and I wanted to get up and leave but when we started looking around, the loyal fans gave us dirty looks and I did not want to be rude and interrupt anyone's viewing (the rows were very long and we were sitting right in the middle of our row).

This guy's idea of suspense music is a single high pitched piano note every 5 minutes (extremely annoying and it just didn't work). The story makes no sense and his attempt at creating a twist left you going "huh?".

Do not waste your time. If you want to see Cecilia Roth, get an Almodovar film and if you want to see Gael, get any other film he's been in.

PS: As soon as the movie ended, we left the theatre very very quickly.

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2 November 2001 (Spain) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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