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Waiting for the Messiah (2000)

Esperando al mesías (original title)
In 1999, Argentina's peso craters. Ariel, a young man from Buenos Aires' Jewish community, deals with his mother's fatal illness, finds a job as a night shift surveillance camera monitor, ... See full summary »

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Daniel Burman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Hendler ... Ariel Goldstein
Enrique Piñeyro Enrique Piñeyro ... Santamaría
Héctor Alterio ... Simón
Melina Petriella ... Estela
Stefania Sandrelli ... Elsa
Chiara Caselli ... Laura
Gabriela Acher ... Sara
Imanol Arias ... Baltasar
Dolores Fonzi ... Any
Edda Bustamante Edda Bustamante ... Mujer trampa
Tajma Minoru Tajma Minoru ... Oriental
Juan José Flores Quispe Juan José Flores Quispe ... Ramón
Eduardo Wigutow Eduardo Wigutow ... Moshé Levin
Beatriz Thibaudin Beatriz Thibaudin ... Anciana
Sandra Sandrelli Sandra Sandrelli ... Santa
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In 1999, Argentina's peso craters. Ariel, a young man from Buenos Aires' Jewish community, deals with his mother's fatal illness, finds a job as a night shift surveillance camera monitor, and wonders when he'll discover sex. Santamaria, middle aged, loses his bank job and is dismissed by his wife; he finds stolen wallets in dumpsters to return to their owners. Ariel tells Santamaria's story to a TV reporter who profiles lives on the street. She's Laura, in a relationship with another woman, but perhaps available. Ariel desires Laura, while Santamaria courts Elsa, a washroom attendant who's husband is in prison. Christmas and Hanukkah approach; can anyone connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Spain | Italy | Argentina

Language:

Spanish | Yiddish

Release Date:

25 May 2000 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspettando il Messia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Original; Among the best South American films of 2000
13 June 2001 | by ElianaMSee all my reviews

This outstanding Argentine independent film is one of the very best of the year 2000 from all South America, including Argentina, which is producing an astonishing number of quality films since 1999. In 2000 alone, Argentina released many quality films, which broke Argentine B.O. records. A half dozen were internationally acclaimed, like this one, at important world film festivals. After viewing this film, one can see how home grown Argentinian films were able last year to recapture 20% of its national movie market.

Directed by one of Argentina's best directors, Daniel Burman, this film examines effects of globalisation worldwide, but emphasizes its impact on Argentina, and particularly the Jewish community of Buenos Aires. Daniel Hendler is wonderful as the nice Jewish boy, trying to survive and even succeed in today's business climate. Hector Alterio, one of the great actors of Hispanic Cinema worldwide, is perfect as Simon, the Jewish father, as is the rest of the cast, which includes Spanish and Italian stars.

So many current themes in urban Western societies are explored, I don't have enough space to go into detail. Daniel Burman cleverly weaves them into the plot with different characters personifying diverse dilemmas. If this film plays at a festival near you, or on video, don't miss it!


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