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Intimate Stories (2002)

Cast: Javier Lombardo, Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedictis, more...
Director: Carlos Sorin, Carlos Sorin
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Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Three people travel from their small home town into the outside world in search of answers and adventure in this bittersweet comedy drama. Don Justo (Antonio Benedictis) used to run a market in a small community in Southern Argentina, but failing eyesight and the loss of his driver's license has led him to retire. However, when he learns that the dog he lost several years ago was seen in San Julian, the closest significantly larger city, Don Justo sets out to find his dog, determined to travel to San Julian on foot if no other transportation is available. Roberto is a traveling salesman who is infatuated with a woman whose husband, one of his clients, has recently passed on. Hoping to win her heart, Roberto decided to bring a birthday cake to her child's birthday party in San Julian; however, his search for the ideal cake is complicated when he realizes he isn't sure if the child is a boy or a girl. Maria (Javiera Bravo) is a wife and mother who has been struggling to hold her family together after her husband lost his job. Maria is invited to appear on a television game show, and hopes to win the grand prize of a new food processor, but while lady luck at first smiles on her, fate has slightly different plans. Historias Minimas received its American premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Intimate & Minimal by talltale July 20, 2006 - 12:31 PM PDT
About as quiet a movie as you could want (should you want quiet, and after a few weeks of Hollywood product, what intelligent person wouldn't?), INTIMATE STORIES tells of a group of small-town & minor-urban denizens in the south of Argentina who form slight connections over a few days as they pursue their various needs and dreams. Originally titled "Historias Minimas" (or "Minimal Stories") and a co-production of Spain & Argentina, the film--directed by Carlos Sorin and written by Pablo Solarz--is a multi-award-winner that reaches its objectives just about perfectly.

"Historias Minimas" never pushes but takes you a little ways into the life of each person simply and effectively, offering no epiphanies, shocks or revelations--just life as it's most-likely lived in this "approaching the desolate" place peopled by (if we can believe what we see, and I very much want to) the salt of the earth. If only for the story of the evolving birthday cake, I'm so glad I rented. Try not to let this one get past you.

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