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Roma (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 October 2004 (Spain)
Joaquín Góñez, a novelist in his sixties recalls his emotions, his wild years in Buenos Aires, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty and the intimate relationship with his mother, Roma.

Director:

Adolfo Aristarain

Writers:

Adolfo Aristarain, Mario Camus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Diego Botto ... Manuel Cueto / Joaco
Susú Pecoraro ... Roma Di Toro
José Sacristán ... Joaquín Góñez
Agustín Garvíe Agustín Garvíe ... Joaco
Vando Villamil Vando Villamil ... Áteo Di Toro
Marcela Kloosterboer Marcela Kloosterboer ... Reneé
Maximiliano Ghione Maximiliano Ghione ... Guido
Marina Glezer Marina Glezer ... Alicia
Gustavo Garzón ... Joaquín father
Carla Crespo Carla Crespo ... Betty
Marcos Mundstock Marcos Mundstock ... Gustavo Smirnoff
Raúl Rizzo Raúl Rizzo ... Doctor Cassano
Jean Pierre Noher ... Pando
Alberto Jiménez ... Publisher (son)
María Galiana ... Portera
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When journalist Manuel Cueto is hired to type novelist Joaquín Góñez's last book, his presence provokes an avalanche of feelings that bring Joaquín to the edge of emotions and memories that had lain dormant in the solitude of the last stages of his creative life. Accustomed to years of loneliness, Joaquín finds in the young journalist a bridge to the forgotten years of his youth in the 60's and 70's, during his wild years in Buenos Aires. Argentina had been witness to the mistakes made in the passage to adulthood, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty, the influences of cinema and jazz, the taste of first love and the experiences of the many which followed and the intimate relationship with his parents, particulary with his mother Roma, a strong, intelligent woman, a supporter of his youthful ideals. It is to Roma to whom Joaquín owes his free, bohemian spirit and the aspirations shared with her in the shadow of the memory of his father will awaken in Joaquín the desire ... Written by Cristina Sutherland

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Not that special
9 May 2004 | by rominaferraroSee all my reviews

This movie has been called "the event of the year" in film industry and I am not sure if it is up to this statement. Of course Aristarain knows what he is doing, the cast is really good (even Botto, whom I hated in "Martin (hache)"), photography, edition. It is a very beautiful product indeed. But the plot seemed a bit weak and the pace is quite slow. I didn't get it: if the intention was to pay homage to that great woman that Roma is, it wasn't fair enough, it was too focused on Joaquin; if it was to tell the story of Joaquin, the I couldn't see the point, because I don't think it was a deep story, with any turning point; then, if Aristarain was trying to show the history of Argentina, he was quite vague and used too many time jumps. Finally, if he was trying to do all three things, he of course was being too ambitious! I'm sure a lot of people was waiting for Aristarain's next movie. Will they be pleased? I really don't know. Maybe he reached his peak with "Un lugar en el mundo". What I'm quite sure about is that, if this film was the event of the year, I will be very disappointed in Argentinian film till 2005.


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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,763,806 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,459,663
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