Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.

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Mauricio Kartun (verse "Fausta"), Francis Ford Coppola
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Gallo ... Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini
Alden Ehrenreich ... Bennie
Maribel Verdú ... Miranda
Silvia Pérez Silvia Pérez ... Silvana
Rodrigo De la Serna ... José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)
Erica Rivas ... Ana (as Érica Rivas)
Mike Amigorena ... Abelardo
Lucas Di Conza Lucas Di Conza ... Young Tetro
Adriana Mastrángelo Adriana Mastrángelo ... Ángela
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Carlo / Alfie
Leticia Brédice ... Josefina
Sofía Gala Castiglione ... María Luisa (as Sofía Castiglione)
Jean-François Casanovas Jean-François Casanovas ... Enrique
Carmen Maura ... Alone
Francesca De Sapio ... Amalia
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Storyline

The week of his 18th birthday, Bennie, who's a waiter on a cruise ship, has a layover in Buenos Aires. He seeks out his older brother, Tetro, whom he hasn't seen in years. Tetro, who lives with Miranda, is a burned-out case; he's hot and cold toward his brother, introducing him as a "friend," refusing to talk about their family, telling Bennie not to tell Miranda who their father is. Thoughts of their father cast a shadow over both brothers. Who is he, and what past has Tetro left behind? Bennie finds pages of Tetro's unfinished novel, and he pushes both to know his own history and to become a part of his brother's life again. What can come of Bennie's pushing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every family has a past. Every family has a secret.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The ballet sequence was directly influenced by the Michael Powell/ Emeric Pressburger classic The Red Shoes (1948). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Tetro stumbles into the kitchen with a broken leg and knocks over some furniture while lighting a cigarette using a burner on the stove. he ignites the burner by just turning the knob on the stove. A few minutes later Miranda must use a match to light a burner on the same stove-top. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Bennie: [referring to Tetro's play] So what was it about?
Tetro: Rivalry.
Bennie: You're writing the story of our father...
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Connections

References The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 1: First Movement
(1876) (uncredited)
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Courtesy of Decca
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Francis Ford Coppola in Buenos Aires
22 June 2009 | by the-ppfitzgeraldsSee all my reviews

Thousand of miles away from Hollywood, the great Francis Coppola confronts something personal as a human being as well as a filmmaker. The story a young man looking for his older brother under the crippling shadow of a famous father. Hummm. Compelling, absorbing, mesmerizing at times. The younger brother is played with real magic by newcomer Alden Ehrenreich but for some inexplicable reason the older brother and title role is played by Vincent Gallo. He's an interesting guy but not at all the pivot that, clearly, the part required. I needed to feel things that Gallo didn't provide. He's just weird and even in the enormous emotional scenes (like the final one) he's not really there. I wonder why Coppola made this bizarre casting decision. The rest of the cast is fabulous and Buenos Aires breaths a life of its own even if, it didn't feel like Buenos Aires - I know that city pretty well - it looked at times like a border town in Mexico. Buenos Aires has an old fashion, seductive kind of elegance nowhere to be found here. I'm sure there is reason for it and I hope to discover it in my next viewing because this is a film I know I'll see many, many times. Another thing to cheer about, a strange and haunting score (it reminded me of "Apartment Zero" in more ways than one) and a sensational black and white Cinemascope screen. To be seen!


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Country:

USA | Argentina | Spain | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

26 June 2009 (Spain) See more »

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Tetro See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,504, 14 June 2009

Gross USA:

$518,522

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,874,474
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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