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Valentin [DVD] [2004]


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  • Actors: Rodrigo Noya, Alejandro Agresti, Julieta Cardinali, Carmen Maura, Jean Pierre Noher
  • Directors: Alejandro Agresti
  • Writers: Alejandro Agresti
  • Producers: Annemiek van Gorp, Dick Maas, Eddy de Kroes, Julio Fernández, Laurens Geels
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00021Y8U0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meet Valentin: eight years old, mop-topped, with a wealth of wisdom just waiting to burst out from behind bottle-top spectacles. He’s also Argentina’s greatest hope for space exploration. Though only within the boundaries of his NASA-obsessed mind and his rather chaotic real life in 1969 Buenos Aries.

Living with his grandmother (Carmen Maura) while his divorced father philanders in the city, he’s grown weary of being motherless and craves the attention that the right beautiful lady could bring him … and his father. And there lies his conundrum. So he hatches a plan to bring a little life and true love into his father’s life, his family and those of his eccentric neighbours.

Review

"A quirky Latin cockle-warmer in the tradition of Amelie and Cinema Paradiso" -- Ed Potton, The Times

"One of the most striking films you will see this year … a genuine, touching and beautiful story" -- Film Review

"Rodrigo Noya, in the title role, excels … full of cheeky charm … delicious" -- BBCi

"Unforgettable" -- Evening Standard

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 18 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
This is the story of a very particular 8-year-old, who lives in Argentina in the late 1960`s. The spectator will laugh and cry, as Valentín (played by Rodrigo Noya) shows him the world, from his own point of view, and with some interesting and candid remarks.
Which is his world?. Well, first his home, then his neighbourhood. This little boy lives with his grandmother (Carmen Maura) since his parents divorced, and is visited by his father (played by the director, Alejandro Agresti) only from time to time. Valentín would like to see his father more, and thinks his mother abandoned him because she just didn't love him enough. Despite that, he isn't a gloomy person, but rather a good boy who tries to make the best of what he has.
Valentín has many dreams, for example being an astronaut. He is so eager to be one in the future that he even practices how to hold his breath when he is having a bath, and how to walk with weights on his feet. However, his most cherished dream is to have a family again, and he will do all he can to "create" one. He will have an opportunity of doing exactly that when he meets the last of his father`s girlfriends, Leticia (Julieta Cardinali). I don't want to tell you more about the plot. Suffice it to say that simple things, seens from the eyes of Valentín, aren't so simple any more. They acquire a charm that even the more jaded will enjoy...
Regarding the language, take into account that the original language is Spanish, but that this movie contains quite a bit of Argentinian slang that isn't overly well translated. That doesn't get in the way of understanding what is happening in the movie, but may interfere a little when it comes to nuances.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful film. The boy lead is a stunningly good actor: totally believable as a child caught in the middle of complex family relationships. On the one hand he seems so young, with the hopes and enjoyments of a child, and yet at the same time so resourceful and understanding.
The film is very funny at times when things are seen from a child's perspective which balances the poignant and sad parts.
One of the best films I've seen for a while.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Madrava on 17 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
The little boy who plays the character 'Valentin' is so captivating that he has to be the best child actor I have seen in a long time.

Never mind the subtitles, just watch this wonderful film.

I loved the setting, a few streets, humble homes and an amazing school. The children dressed in uniform consisting of a white lab coat and they carried little briefcases. Valentin's spectacles and eyes are a wonderful motif.

It's the best film I have watched this year.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 19 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
The charm that this heartwarming movie possesses is based on two factors, the outstanding screenplay by Agresti and the unbelievable performance of a small kid that makes his debut on the big screen, Rodrigo Noya. The film depicts a series of events in Valentin's life when he was eight years old, with the kid himself narrating these events. This characteristic provides the story with an unusual freshness and candor, with the plain language used by most kids being a salient feature of this production.
Valentin lives with his grandmother (Carmen Maura) in a modest house in a barrio of Buenos Aires. He is obsessed with being an astronaut and is already practicing holding his breath, walking in the absence of gravity and dressing up in the required attire; the scene in which he puts on his home made astronaut suit is enough to make this movie worth watching. The reasons for Valentin living with his grandmother are that his mother abandoned him and his father a while back and his father is too busy to take care of him, focusing on his work and girlfriends instead. Valentin is always hoping that his mother will come back to claim him though.
Lately, I have been really lucky when picking Argentinean movies to watch, and this one was even better than others that have left me completely satisfied. The only "flaw" I found with it has to do with the English subtitles. When I started watching the film in Spanish I noticed that the language used by Valentin was very characteristic of the Rio de la Plata and was curious as to how they managed to translate it. Therefore, I turned on the English subtitles to check on this aspect, finding out that, as I suspected, there was a lot lost in the translation. The reason why I mention this as a flaw in quotes is that some things are not possible to translate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joburg on 1 Sep 2011
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What a gem of a movie. Totally enchanting story of an 8 year old boy living with his grandmother in Argentina. He soon realises that in order to belong to his own family, he must move things along. A pure joy to watch.
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