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Tetro (2009)

R | | Drama | 26 June 2009 (Spain)
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Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.

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Mauricio Kartun (verse "Fausta"), Francis Ford Coppola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Gallo ... Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini
Alden Ehrenreich ... Bennie
Maribel Verdú ... Miranda
Silvia Pérez Silvia Pérez ... Silvana
Rodrigo De la Serna ... José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)
Erica Rivas ... Ana (as Érica Rivas)
Mike Amigorena Mike Amigorena ... Abelardo
Lucas Di Conza Lucas Di Conza ... Young Tetro
Adriana Mastrángelo Adriana Mastrángelo ... Ángela
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Carlo / Alfie
Leticia Brédice ... Josefina
Sofía Gala ... María Luisa (as Sofía Castiglione)
Jean-François Casanovas Jean-François Casanovas ... Enrique
Carmen Maura ... Alone
Francesca De Sapio ... Amalia
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Storyline

The week of his 18th birthday, Bennie, who's a waiter on a cruise ship, has a layover in Buenos Aires. He seeks out his older brother, Tetro, whom he hasn't seen in years. Tetro, who lives with Miranda, is a burned-out case; he's hot and cold toward his brother, introducing him as a "friend," refusing to talk about their family, telling Bennie not to tell Miranda who their father is. Thoughts of their father cast a shadow over both brothers. Who is he, and what past has Tetro left behind? Bennie finds pages of Tetro's unfinished novel, and he pushes both to know his own history and to become a part of his brother's life again. What can come of Bennie's pushing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every family has a past. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Argentina | Spain | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

26 June 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Tetro See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,504, 14 June 2009

Gross USA:

$518,522

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,852,915
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The French film magazine 'Cahiers du cinéma' included Tetro (2009) in their Top 10 list for 2009 as No.5. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Tetro stumbles into the kitchen with a broken leg and knocks over some furniture while lighting a cigarette using a burner on the stove. he ignites the burner by just turning the knob on the stove. A few minutes later Miranda must use a match to light a burner on the same stove-top. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Tetro: [thrashing Bennie] How could you do this to me?
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Connections

References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

El Búho
(2007) (uncredited)
Written & Performed by Lisandro Aristimuño
Courtesy of Los Años Luz Discos SRL
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The Re-Awakening Of The Giant
19 June 2009 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

Enthralling, captivating. Buenos Aires, maybe? Black and White scope mostly, the limpid soul and devastating smile of Alden Ehrenreich. Coppola enjoys his freedom and so do we. At the base of it all, a juicy melodrama but the master flies over it with a tireless, youthful zest. Vincent Gallo seem a bit of an odd choice to play the title role and in fact I just found out that Matt Dillon was supposed to have played it. It certainly would have added up the romanticism and the sensuality that runs through it but, never mind. Alden Ehrenreich as Bennie is, quite simply, fantastic. Maribel Verdu another stand out as Tetro's loving if long suffering companion. Karl Maria Brandauer is horribly perfect, a character that emanates the kind of debauchery fame and rotten ego can provide. "There is room for just one genius in this family" I saw the film last night and it hasn't left me for a moment. I can't wait to see it again.


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