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Truman (2015)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

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Cesc Gay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Darín ... Julián (as Ricardo Darin)
Javier Cámara ... Tomás
Dolores Fonzi ... Paula
Eduard Fernández ... Luis
Troilo Troilo ... Truman
Alex Brendemühl ... Veterinario (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Pedro Casablanc ... Médico
José Luis Gómez ... Productor (as José Luiz Gómez)
Javier Gutiérrez ... Asesor Funeraria
Elvira Mínguez ... Gloria
Oriol Pla ... Nico
Nathalie Poza ... Mujer 2
Àgata Roca Àgata Roca ... Mujer 1
Susi Sánchez ... Mujer Adopción
Francesc Orella ... Actor Restaurante
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Storyline

Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

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Best Friends Are Forever

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | Argentina

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vänner för livet See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,258, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$208,799, 16 June 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The dog in the movie is a Bullmastiff named Troilo. After his passing, Ricardo Darin attended a few red carpets with one of Troilo's daughters. See more »

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Julián: Each person dies as best they can.
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One of the best movies I've seen in a long time
6 May 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Truman" (2015 release from Spain; 109 min.) brings the story of Tomas and Julian. As the movie opens, we see Tomas, a Spanish emigrant now in Canada, flying over to Madrid. He is there for an unannounced visit to his life-long friend Julian, an Argentinean theater actor living in Spain. It's not long before we learn that Julian has lung cancer and is refusing any further chemo treatment. Is Tomas there to try and change Julian's mind? And what becomes of Truman, Julian's old dog who has seen better days as well? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Spanish writer-director Cesc Gay. Here he brings an intense and emotional (but never sentimental) look at what a man does with his day-to-day life when his remaining time is limited, and how it affects his relationship with a guy who once was (still is?) his best friend but now lives in faraway Canada. It is important to emphasize that this easily could've been an emotional exploitation movie, yet Cesc Gay manages to infuse the perfect dose of reality. Check out the scene where Julian, accompanied by Tomas, goes to the funeral home to make funeral arrangements. "And who is the deceased?, asks the funeral director. "Me", Julian wryly responds. "Oh..." Just because the movie purposefully shies away from obvious emotional exploitation, we find ourselves sucked in even deeper. I was simply blown away by it all. Cesc Gay movie regulars Ricardo Darin (as Julian) and Javier Camera (as Tomas) each provide towering acting performances. But ultimately I feel that the credit must go primarily to Cesc Gay for this wonderful movie, easily one of the best I have seen in a long time (and that's saying something as I see a LOT of movies).

"Truman" opened to immediate acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival 2 years ago, and went on to garner multiple awards. Imagine my surprise when the movie opened without any pre-release advertising or fanfare at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati this weekend, I went to see it right away. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great, not surprising to me (given the lack of any marketing for this film). Regardless, if you are interested in a slice of life that will resonate closer to you that you may think, or simply want to enjoy a top-notch foreign indie movie the likes of which are all too rare, you don't want to miss this. "Truman" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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