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La puta y la ballena (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 April 2004 (Argentina)
A Spanish writer finds an old coffer with photographs of an Argentine man who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War, and of a woman. Her quest for answers brings Vera to the Argentine ... See full summary »

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Vera
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Jordi
Mercè Llorens ...
Lola
Martín Caloni ...
Juanito
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Suárez
Nicolás Tognola ...
El Pibe Pedro
Belén Blanco ...
Matilde
Natalia Otero ...
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Meme
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Matilde
Óscar Guzmán ...
Urondo
Edward Nutkiewicz ...
Ernesto
Nina Krakoff ...
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A Spanish writer finds an old coffer with photographs of an Argentine man who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War, and of a woman. Her quest for answers brings Vera to the Argentine Patagonia. Written by Marcos Celesia <mcelesia@ciudad.com.ar>

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1 April 2004 (Argentina)  »

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A Meretriz e a Baleia  »

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€120,740 (Spain), 7 May 2004, Limited Release
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nice to watch but lacking originality
18 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

I never knew Patagonia was that beautiful. What a coast. I think I should include Punta Panorama on my priority list of must-visit places. This being said, I was rather disappointed by the lack of originality of the story. Intercutting a present day writer researching a novel playing in the past with the story of the novel is hardly an innovating idea. And the way the characters are slightly off and also their tangled relationships made me think of John Irving "light", with tango dancing instead of wrestling and a whale instead of a bear. The breast cancer story added an unnecessary additional plot line, probably to create a (false) impression of seriousness and depth. I wonder what Almodovar might have done with this, though. In spite of all the criticisms, the movie was entertaining and I considered my time in the theatre and my money for the ticket well spent.


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