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Valentin (2002)

Valentín (original title)
An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving.

Director:

Alejandro Agresti
14 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rodrigo Noya Rodrigo Noya ... Valentín
Carmen Maura ... Abuela
Julieta Cardinali ... Leticia
Jean Pierre Noher ... El tío Chiche
Mex Urtizberea Mex Urtizberea ... Rufo
Lorenzo Quinteros ... Hombre del bar
Alejandro Agresti ... El padre
Carlos Roffé Carlos Roffé ... Dr. Galaburri
Marina Glezer Marina Glezer ... La maestra
Stéfano Di Gregorio Stéfano Di Gregorio ... Roberto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabián Vena Fabián Vena ... El cura
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Storyline

In 1967 Buenos Aires, eight year old Valentín lives alone with his poor widowed paternal grandmother. He has not seen his mother since he was three. His grandmother tells him that his mother was unfaithful to his father. Regardless, Valentín still misses her. His womanizing father, Vincente, is on the most part absent as a traveling salesman, he who seems more concerned about his own fortunes than sending money home to take care of his mother and son. Valentín has dreams like most young boys, his primary one being to become an astronaut. He believes the work that he does building rocket models and space suits will assist the NASA space program, and he does whatever he can, such as walk around in heavy shoes to simulate zero gravity and hold his breath underwater, in his pursuit of becoming an astronaut, despite being slightly cross-eyed and near-sighted, which he believes will not hinder his chances. But without really realizing it, he wants more than anything to be part of a nuclear ... Written by Huggo

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Cupid just turned eight.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 February 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Valentin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,048, 9 May 2004

Gross USA:

$275,968

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,417,221
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Inspired by one of director Alejandro Agresti's childhood memories, when he spent a day with one of his father's girlfriends, going to the cinema and to the park. See more »

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excellent
8 April 2005 | by tracyleemayyuSee all my reviews

This is one of the very few movies I really love these past couple of years. Rodrigo Noya's Valentin is such a smart, funny and sad 8 year old boy. Everything he says gives you a smile and a little twist in the heart. He's like the old lady who lives alone and says she doesn't mind being alone but asks you to stay a little longer because she's baked dozens of cookies which nobody will eat. Rodrigo Noya is such an excellent actor that every nuance is caught thought his expressions, body language. The adults around him all act selfishly, but it's so realistic because we all are self-centered beings, and children sometimes are just treated like things that happened to be there. I love this movie so much I am recommending it to every people I know.


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