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Common Ground (2002)

Lugares comunes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 September 2002 (Argentina)
In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired ... See full summary »

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Adolfo Aristarain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Federico Luppi ... Fernando Robles
Mercedes Sampietro ... Liliana Rovira
Arturo Puig ... Carlos Solla
Carlos Santamaría Carlos Santamaría ... Pedro Robles
Valentina Bassi Valentina Bassi ... Natacha
Claudio Rissi Claudio Rissi ... Demedio
Osvaldo Santoro Osvaldo Santoro
José Luis Alfonzo José Luis Alfonzo
Yael Barnatán Yael Barnatán ... Fabiana
Graciela Tenenbaum Graciela Tenenbaum
María Fiorentino María Fiorentino ... Tutti Tudela
Pepe Soriano
Florencia Merlo Florencia Merlo ... Esposa de Demedio
Patricia Pan Patricia Pan ... Hija de Demedio
Micaela González Micaela González ... Hija de Demedio
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In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to live with his pension. The crisis in Argentina does not allow Fernando to get a new job, and his wife decides to sell her family's apartment and move to a small farm near Villa Dolores to reduce their expenses. Fernando comes up with the idea to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It's never too late to begin again.

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Country:

Spain | Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Argentina) See more »

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Common Ground See more »

Filming Locations:

Córdoba, Argentina See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$75,347 (Argentina), 17 September 2002, Limited Release
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Quotes

Fernando Robles: Don't value your students based on their answers. Answers are not true, they seek a truth that will be only relative.
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Amor de mis amores
Written by Agustín Lara (as Agustín Lara Aguirre)
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An honest film that celebrates the strength of family
13 October 2003 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Fernando (Federico Luppi), a Professor of Literature in his sixties in Buenos Aires and his wife Lili (Mercedes Sampietro), a social worker are respected in the community and loving partners. Their world is turned upside down however when Fernando receives notice that he is being asked to retire early. The enforced retirement, a result of the economic crisis in Argentina, comes as a complete shock and he and his wife are forced to make drastic decisions that threaten the foundations of their comfortable life. Based on the novel "The Renaissance" by Lorenzo F. Aristariain, Common Ground, the new film by Argentine director Adolfo Aristarain (A Place in the World, Martin), is a story about love, getting older, and discovering what is important in life. It is also an acid social comment on the current state of life in Argentina where thousands of Argentinans have had to face a similar end to their secure middle class existence.

Fernando and Lili have a son Pedro (Pablo Rago) who lives comfortably in Spain with his wife and two children. A leftist man of strong convictions, Fernando tells his son about his meager pension left to him by the university but refuses his assistance. Instead he berates him for abandoning his country and selling out to make money. When the couple returns to Argentina, they are forced to sell their apartment in the city, purchase a farm and bravely set out on a new style of living. Their adjustment to rural life has its moments of sadness but their striving to live out their lives with dignity and purpose is profoundly human. Though Common Ground does not reach the heights of Aristarain's A Place in the World, it is an honest film and one that celebrates the strength of a loving family.


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