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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Nice but not a must.
16 August 2001 | by andre.kosterSee all my reviews

Tempted by IMDB's rating of 8.7 my expectations were clearly set too high for this movie. Also, the "comedy" genre keyword didn't become clear to me. What did became clear was how hard life can be, what a struggle it can become. Either by the bank employee who losses his job and is put on the street by his wife/girl-friend and becomes homeless. Or by the Jewish young man who keeps working on a temporary contract, always hoping for a fixed contract while courting a lesbian. The interesting comparison that can be made between the two, is that surely the bank employee is much worse off the the Jewish young man, but is much less unhappy. The bank employee gets satisfaction from his "job" of returning personal things from people that have been robbed (he searches garbage for thrown away wallets and such that were stripped from the money by thieves). Especially beautiful are the scenes of the bank employee and the woman he falls in love with, the toilet madame of the train stations' bathrooms. Some very romantic moments are captured there.

However, the movie needs the first half of the time to set things up. That's too long, one starts wondering after 45 minutes where things are heading for. The second half must deliver the satisfaction, but has a hard time doing so. It is certainly a nice movie, but not a must to see IMHO.


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