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Historias mínimas [DVD] 
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The tale of three individuals from small-town communities who find themselves travelling to the city of San Julian in pursuit of various goals. Don Justo, who has recently retired, hears that his dog was spotted in the city - the dog went missing several years ago - and he is determined to find it. Travelling salesman, Roberto is on a quest for a child's birthday cake to impress the widow of one of his customers, but he doesn't know whether the child is a boy or girl. Finally, Maria, who has been struggling to keep the family together after her husband lost his job, is asked onto a gameshow with the grand prize of a food mixer; but things don't go quite to plan.
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Reaching San Julian (a nearby Argentinian town) mean something different for each of them. Maria (Javiera Bravo), a young and very poor mother that wishes to win something at a television show; Roberto (Javier Lombardo), a salesman that hopes to buy the perfect cake for the son of the woman he loves in silence; and Don Justo (Antonio Benedicti), an old man that wants to find "Badface", the dog he lost a long time ago...
At first sight, those stories seem unimportant. There is not too much action, and nothing even remotely controversial. However, that is not the point. The point is to appreciate this little jewel for what it is, a collection of real moments, instead of what it is not, a Hollywood superproduction. If you are able to do that, you will enjoy the journey of these three characters through the immense and beautiful Patagonia. They are all different, but they share the hope that something good can be found at San Julian.
In my opinion, this small Argentinian film, directed by Carlos Sorín, is not for everybody. On the other hand, those who don't mind the relatively slow pace and pay attention to details are likely to find that they didn't waste their time watching "Intimate stories".
Do they each end up getting what they want? I guess you'll have to watch the film to find that out. As I wrote, these stories in themselves are of no particular consequence, perhaps they are just little stories about ordinary people, no more and no less. But in these stories are worlds of wisdom and acres of joy; if a journey is a metaphor for life, then each story is important to these three people; important only to themselves, but still at the end of the day important nonetheless. Forgive my waffling; I'm trying to find deeper meanings in simple stories and maybe there aren't any!
Philosophical points aside, I really enjoyed this film a whole lot, partially because as I said I absolutely love road movies of all kinds and love simple tales crafted well, even if the tales seem not so out of the ordinary. Also, the landscape of Patagonia, where these stories are set, is stunning and epic and vast, so what we are unused to in our little European countries. In such vast and unconquered landscapes the mind can wander and dream and literally go where it may.
Well, I loved this movie and will look for more like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the other reviewers are right. Hire it or buy it. You will love the characters and their stories. I especially liked the travel salesman.Published on 14 May 2012 by Kitty
I have purchased a few Spanish language films and on the whole found them interesting and enjoyable. The last one was Patagonia which was excellent. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Lynn
I didn't enjoy this film and could not watch it to the end. It was too long and too boring.Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by anna
Well "Historias Minimas" is a decent film, it has some feel good moments and its unoffensive. Its a film that a lot of people will like. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by Ihaterain
This film of three separate characters on very different missions makes a refreshing change from the glamour and glitz of mainstream cinema. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2009 by Mrs. D. N. Rooney
This is a truly captivating tale with something to engage even the toughest of hearts. It seeks to represent reality and in doing so shows human frailties as well as one man's... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2009 by D. Lockhart
A truly moving journey where the stories of three likeable people follow their heart against all odds and intertwine briefly. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2008 by S. L. Wilkinson
I really enjoyed this film. The three main characters are engaging in totally different ways. The photography is lovely and although the stories are indeed "minimas" ie minimal,... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2008 by Jomell