Valentin

Valentin

DVD - 2004 | Spanish
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Valentin is a nine-year-old boy whose feuding parents have left him to be raised by his eccentric grandmother. With his father visiting only occasionally, Valentin is left to look to the other men in the neighborhood for father figures, and to replace his absent mother, he warms to Leticia, one of his father's many short-term girlfriends. When he tells her personal secrets about his father, however, Valentin jeopardizes their relationship. One of Valentin dreams is of being an astronaut one day. He sets out to discover the harsh realities about his parents, while bringing joy to those around him
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2004]
ISBN: 9780788856747
078885674X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 786936258820

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AlizontheAmazon
Oct 06, 2013

Showed this as one of the films for the Latino Heritage Month Film Festival at the San Mateo Public Library. It was a cute movie and well liked by those that attended.

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ELiJoly
Jul 03, 2013

Valentin, a movie directed by Alejandro Agresti, an Argentinean filmmaker who has gained a solid reputation worldwide. Shot in Buenos Aires, the year is 1969, and the story is told by the main protagonist, Valentin, an eight-year-old boy who lives with his Grandmother since the divorce of his parents, several years ago. She has been shunned by Valentin’s father, a bully of a father, a womanizer who pays little attention to his son. This is a beautiful movie for many reasons. Sad and funny at the same time, it captures the beauty of Buenos Aires and the epoch with finesse and humour. But mostly it is a movie that will move you and transport you because of its genuine, real-life quality with all its beauty, difficulties, sadness and small miracles. Perhaps it is because it is in parts autobiographical, as the director explains in an interview (bonus features), that there is such authenticity in the subtle and nuanced portrayal of emotions. But it is definitely also because of the brilliant acting of Rodrigo Noya who plays Valentin. It is hard to imagine how such a young actor can play with such depth and a full slate of emotional tones and colors, but he does it with an ease and confidence that many an actor take years to develop. As Valentin tries to make sense of his life circumstances, he will establish real relationships with the adults around him and attempt to make everyone’s life happier. The supporting cast is extremely solid, from Carmen Maura who plays his Grandmother, Mex Urtizberea, who plays a piano teacher neighbor, to the smallest role. One of the most poignant scene, involving a relatively minor character, played by Lorenzo Quinteros, is the only time that Valentin’s mother’s presence is felt. Just for that scene, it is a movie worth watching, but then there is so much more.

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KennyBania
Dec 28, 2012

A wonderful, well-made movie about life from a young boy's point of view. Sweet and funny. The boy actor is terrific in the role. Very sensitively done and no cheesy American style cliches. Highly recommend it.

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