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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

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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Spanish

Release Date:

6 February 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ARS 63,434 (Argentina), 16 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,048, 9 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,363, 22 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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A valentine to childhood
7 July 2004 | by anhedoniaSee all my reviews

Hollywood filmmakers could learn plenty from this marvelous little film from Argentina.

Rodrigo Noya is utterly charming and captivating as the title character, a 9-year-old boy who builds stuff for astronauts and whose attitude toward life and love is more adult than many of the adults in his life, including his father.

Director Alejandro Agresti's script is clever, humorous and poignant, yet, never becomes maudlin. Even a key moment in the story is deftly handled without an ounce of sentimentality. A Hollywood film most likely would have milked that scene dry with a melodramatic score and character histrionics.

"Valentín" is a celebration of childhood innocence. But it's also about how lessons learned as a young boy shape the adult man he is to become. There are moments in this film written so smartly you appreciate Agresti's talent. For instance, Valentin's scenes with Leticia are funny because of the way the two actors play the scenes so naturally, their dialogue and actions make perfect sense. Or, listen to the conversation between Valentin and his neighbor when they discuss the neighbor's ex-girlfriend over a cup of tea.

And the film's ending? A perfect close to a lovely story. Do yourself a favor and see this brilliant gem.


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