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A Useful Life (2010)

La vida útil (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 14 January 2011 (USA)
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A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.

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Federico Veiroj
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Credited cast:
Jorge Jellinek Jorge Jellinek ... Jorge
Manuel Martinez Carril Manuel Martinez Carril ... Martínez
Paola Venditto Paola Venditto ... Paola
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A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.

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Drama

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Country:

Uruguay | Spain

Language:

Spanish

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14 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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A Useful Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Montevideo, Uruguay

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$350,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,525
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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it's not about cinema it's about people who love cinema
10 July 2011 | by ayoreinfSee all my reviews

To elaborate on my title, it's about people who actually live in the cinema. People who believe in the sanctity of "good lies". I saw this film today in the Jerusalem Film Pestival, it's worthy of 8.5 but I have to keep my rating in natural numbers. It's worthy of 8.5 because the director is worthy of 9 at least, his control over the language of cinema is obvious from each and every frame, he uses here a non actor in the lead, with almost no facial expressions and still gets a 100% credible performance out of him, and his use of camera angles, zooms and the rest of the arsenal the art of cinema offers him, is simply outstanding. Notice that though the whole first half of the film takes place inside the cinematheque, we don't get to see a single frame of actual movie, we do get to see some titles. this could have something to do with distribution rights but it works here to perfection, because cinema is not the issue, but that's was said already, and to say more I'd have to go into specific details - I don't do that.

Just go see it if you have the opportunity.


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