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Roma (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 October 2004 (Spain)
Joaquín Góñez, a novelist in his sixties recalls his emotions, his wild years in Buenos Aires, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty and the intimate relationship with his mother, Roma.

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Adolfo Aristarain

Writers:

Adolfo Aristarain, Mario Camus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Diego Botto ... Manuel Cueto / Joaco
Susú Pecoraro ... Roma Di Toro
José Sacristán ... Joaquín Góñez
Agustín Garvíe Agustín Garvíe ... Joaco
Vando Villamil Vando Villamil ... Áteo Di Toro
Marcela Kloosterboer Marcela Kloosterboer ... Reneé
Maximiliano Ghione Maximiliano Ghione ... Guido
Marina Glezer Marina Glezer ... Alicia
Gustavo Garzón ... Joaquín father
Carla Crespo Carla Crespo ... Betty
Marcos Mundstock Marcos Mundstock ... Gustavo Smirnoff
Raúl Rizzo Raúl Rizzo ... Doctor Cassano
Jean Pierre Noher ... Pando
Alberto Jiménez ... Publisher (son)
María Galiana ... Portera
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Storyline

When journalist Manuel Cueto is hired to type novelist Joaquín Góñez's last book, his presence provokes an avalanche of feelings that bring Joaquín to the edge of emotions and memories that had lain dormant in the solitude of the last stages of his creative life. Accustomed to years of loneliness, Joaquín finds in the young journalist a bridge to the forgotten years of his youth in the 60's and 70's, during his wild years in Buenos Aires. Argentina had been witness to the mistakes made in the passage to adulthood, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty, the influences of cinema and jazz, the taste of first love and the experiences of the many which followed and the intimate relationship with his parents, particulary with his mother Roma, a strong, intelligent woman, a supporter of his youthful ideals. It is to Roma to whom Joaquín owes his free, bohemian spirit and the aspirations shared with her in the shadow of the memory of his father will awaken in Joaquín the desire ... Written by Cristina Sutherland

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Drama

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Gentle, sweet, slightly long.
19 October 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

An aging, caustic (but good hearted) author has a young writer type up his autobiography, and we see his mostly Utopian childhood, the loss of his beloved father, his love affairs in his early 20s, and his relationship with his wonderful mother, the title character.

All of this is set against the background of the changing, ever worsening politics of Argentina.

A film I couldn't quite love, but also couldn't help but quite like.

It's a little shallow for a 2:30 hour epic tale of a man's life, but it's also always interesting, and the whole thing is well acted , and has both a charm and sadness, along with characters who can sometimes be surprising. I enjoyed it more, not less on a second viewing, which makes sense since the plot isn't what's special, but the details.


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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma de bohemio See more »

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Budget:

$2,763,806 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,459,663
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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