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Bolivia (1999)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 April 2002 (Argentina)
A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Freddy Flores Freddy Flores ... Freddy (as Freddy Waldo Flores)
Rosa Sánchez Rosa Sánchez ... Rosa
Oscar Bertea Oscar Bertea ... Oso (as Oscar 'Oso' Bertea)
Enrique Liporace ... Enrique Galmes
Marcelo Videla Marcelo Videla ... Marcelo
Héctor Anglada Héctor Anglada ... Héctor, the Salesman
Alberto Mercado Alberto Mercado ... Mercado
Luis Enrique Caetano Luis Enrique Caetano ... Hombre Locutorio I
Rodolfo Resch Rodolfo Resch ... Hombre Locutorio II
Rafael Ferro ... Borracho
Rafael Solano Rafael Solano ... Policia Civil
Claudio Iturrieta Claudio Iturrieta ... Policia Civil II
Armando Doral Armando Doral ... Dueño Pensión (as Miguel Armando Doral)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Evander Holyfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Tyson ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Argentina | Netherlands

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,899, 2 March 2003

Gross USA:

$33,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,451
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Short but moving
13 March 2006 | by scruffy-13See all my reviews

Bolivia is filmed entirely in black and white, contains almost no score, and 90% of it takes place in the same setting - a quaint, run-down café frequented by Argentinian regulars.

It sounds slow but captivates for the entirety of its short duration. The movie follows an illegal immigrant, Freddy, who is trying to make his way in the country as he struggles to deal with intolerant locals. He supports a family back home and wants them to join him in Buenos Aires when he saves up enough money.

The film delivers a powerful message about xenophobia and poverty in South America in the modern era. Despite its short length, it is one of my favorite foreign films to date.


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