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Medianeras (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 26 October 2011 (USA)
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Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.

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Gustavo Taretto

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Gustavo Taretto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Drolas ... Martín
Miguel Dedovich Miguel Dedovich ... Psiquiatra
Pilar López de Ayala ... Mariana
Miguel Alvarez Miguel Alvarez ... Hombre atropellado
Alicia Mezza Alicia Mezza ... Mujer mayor
Lucas Issi Lucas Issi ... Taxista
Octavio Musaluppi Octavio Musaluppi ... Nene triciclo
Jorge Lanata ... Médico
Coqueta Coqueta ... Susú
Romina Paula Romina Paula ... Exnovia Martín
Alan Pauls Alan Pauls ... Exnovio Mariana
Inés Efron ... Ana
Adrián Navarro ... Lucas
Carla Peterson Carla Peterson ... Marcela
Rafael Ferro ... Rafa
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Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Argentina | Spain | Germany

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Spanish | French | English | Italian | German

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidewalls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,304, 30 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,734, 30 October 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Martín: [chat room] I have a method, absolutely involuntary, a kind of Buddhist gene that makes my happy days not so happy and my sad days not so sad.
Mariana: A spiritual thermostat.
Martín: 8D.
Mariana: And if it fails?
Martín: I down a Rivotril.
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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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True Love Will Find You In The End
Written by Daniel Johnston
Performed by Daniel Johnston
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Charming and cinematically beautiful
28 July 2012 | by themoviecouchSee all my reviews

In an effort to learn Spanish, I've been watching a lot of Spanish- language movies, and not worrying too much about the quality. It was nice, finally, to watch one that is quite well done. This little Argentinean, romantic comedy is philosophical, charming, and visually beautiful.

Martin (Javier Drolas), an agoraphobic website designer and Mariana (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), an underemployed architect, live on the same street in Buenos Aires. Both are depressed and lonely. As both go through a series of futile dates, we come to see that they would be perfect for each other, but of course, the odds of the two of them meeting in such a huge city are not good. The city has ways of putting up barriers between people, and the theme of the film is that successfully making a life in such a place requires physically and mentally breaking through those barriers.

Meanwhile, the camera lingers on the skyline and the individual buildings of Buenos Aires, gray and inhuman. The variety of buildings is endless, and many have blank, windowless sidewalls, called medianeras. These blank spaces are used for billboards, an ugly alternative to what could have been light-bringing windows, and many apartment- dwellers rebel by chipping through the concrete to place unauthorized windows.

Despite the urban philosophizing and beautiful cinematography, "Medianeras" does not demand to be taken too seriously. It's a fun, optimistic, romantic comedy which declares that, as one of the songs in the film puts it, "true love will find you in the end." Amen to that.


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