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Chinese Take-Out (2011)

Un cuento chino (original title)
A well-ordered hardware store owner in Buenos Aires will see his life turn upside down when he helps a stranded Chinese man who doesn't speak a word of Spanish find his uncle in the bustling city. But can this coexistence bear fruit?
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Credited cast:
Ricardo Darín ... Roberto
Muriel Santa Ana ... Mari
Ignacio Huang ... Jun
Enric Cambray Enric Cambray ... Roberto joven (as Enric Rodríguez)
Iván Romanelli ... Leonel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joaquín Bouzas Joaquín Bouzas ... Cliente 2
Julia Castelló Agulló Julia Castelló Agulló ... Italian Lover
Gustavo Comini Gustavo Comini ... Chofer volquete
Vivian El Jaber Vivian El Jaber ... Rosa
Javier Pinto ... Italian Lover
Derli Prada Derli Prada ... Proveedor 1
Pablo Seijo Pablo Seijo ... Cliente 1
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Storyline

In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the spot with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station, to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish | Mandarin

Release Date:

24 March 2011 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Take-Out See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Excellent movie!
4 October 2011 | by leoschuSee all my reviews

I need to say that Argentine cinema is surprising me more and more at each movie I watch. They are decades ahead of us here in Brazil. Not that we don't ever produce good works.

A rich cast and a good script makes Un cuento chino a excellent option to amuse you at any time, being you alone and sad or laughing with friends.

Trust me, the jokes and the faces are priceless. Ricardo Darín is at his best form, doing what he is best of. His character, Roberto, is an slang disturbed man. He owns a ironware store where he always counts hot many bolts are in the box, so he is not cheated. He turn off the lights every day at 23 pm, etc. One day he is sitting there near the airport, watching the planes takin' off, drinking his beer when this china is thrown off a moving cab. Roberto decide to help the poor boy and, since then, their lives will suffer some changes.


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