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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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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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Argentina | Spain

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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

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2.35 : 1
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You can't find destiny by yourself, it reaches you in a strange form.
20 June 2014 | by Reno RanganSee all my reviews

An Argentinian dark comedy that has one of the most known faces, from that region, Ricardo Darin. Last time I saw him was in 'XXY' a couple of years ago. Given an impressive performance for that rare subject and here he has done it once again. As I believed most people won't appreciate this piece of art, but I loved it. It was one of the kind, but you will get similar themes which are more commercialised than realistic narration.

The story follows when Roberto, a hardware shop owner accidentally meets a foreigner. After seeing the stranger's poor condition he offers the help, but it seems to never go to succeed which finally ends in his head. They both speak different languages and won't understand each other a single word. Miraculously, they manage to leave all the odds behind and try to find a way to solve it. Roberto is a man who wants to be left alone, so he makes a deadline for their quest. Whether it ends successfully or not is unfolds in the remains.

''There are two things I notice very quickly in people: Integrity and suffering. And you have them both''

I am not sure whether it was based on the real story. Definitely it would have happened some corner of the earth's surface that the film crew is not aware of it. I am not sure either I watched a Spanish movie or Mandarin because in the movie they both equally shared. It was truly an inspiring and meaningful characteristic drama of actuality. The struggle of either of the characters was demonstrated very practically. The presentation was so casual with the feel of intense events.

Musics were excellent in most of the parts, especially in the end scene it excelled. The movie had many momentum that is left to the viewers to discover themselves in what they are seeing like why these two are brought together. For that, the final scene clearly described. Yeah that part alone uplifts as much what rest of the movie attempted to disclose. If you were not heard it then okay to miss, after reading my review, you should not miss. Remember, it is not for entertainment, more like a study material on characters and to face the unprepared circumstances.

8.5/10


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