Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Federico Luppi, Mercedes Sampietro, Arturo Puig, Carlos Santamaría, Valentina Bassi
Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Fernando, a respected university professor, and Lili, his devoted wife, have happily lived in Buenos Aires for many years. Without warning, they find their comfortable world threatened when Fernando is forced into early re... more »
At long last, a film that speks to one's intelligence.
Ronald Trojcak | london, ontario | 05/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is quite extraordinary in that, in addition to fine acting, and high quality technical production, it actually addresses one as a thinking human being. Without sentimentality--this alone being an amazing achievement--it depicts altogether believeable people in difficult situations with power and conviction."
Aristarain & Luppi: what a pair!!
Roberto Rillo Biscaro | Penapolis, Sao Paulo Brazil | 11/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Filmmaker Adolfo Aristarain and actor Federico Luppi have collaborated quite a few times over the years. Always wonderful movies, always superb acting. Lugares Comunes is precisely that: a wonderful movie with superb acting. The usual Aristarain/Luppi fare. It is a quiet movie, a movie for those who like ideas, a movie to be watched and watched over and over again. A true masterpiece. Let us hope the other collaborations between those two giants are soon available on dvd here on Amazon"
Aging: The Hardships and the Rewards
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 12/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LUGARES COMUNES (Common Ground) is yet another sensitive Argentinean film that has the courage to deal with the bumpy political life of Argentina as well as the equally rocky road to aging. Based on the novel by Lorenzo F. Aristarain and directed by Adolfo Aristarain this is a film of sunlight and shadows - and those clouds that promise to unveil the sun despite passing darkness.
Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi) is a writer and university professor in Buenos Aires who is informed before his planned trip to Madrid to visit his son Pedro (Carlos Santamaría) and daughter-in-law Natacha (Valentina Bassi) that he is being placed in early retirement: the crumbling government of Argentina cannot support such things as education! After an exquisite farewell of sage advice to his students on what is important in the role of a teacher, he goes home to his loving wife of many years Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro) to prepare for their journey to Madrid. At the airport Liliana senses sadness in Fernando and he confesses that he has been 'fired', that they have little money to live on in Buenos Aires: he covers his sadness by buying Liliana perfumes she loves. This couple is bonded so beautifully it makes us weep.
In Madrid the couple is forced to stay with the son and daughter but the closeness of this familial proximity is intolerable when Fernando informs his son of his financial situation. Pedro is cold and harsh and is in life for money and refuses to assist his parents. The couple leaves, returning to Argentina where they under advice from lawyer Carlos (Arturo Puig) sell their home and move to the country where they plan to grow grapes - a return to the purity of the land. But fate intervenes and the story ends in a manner that leaves the viewer sad but wiser.
The cast is sterling and the direction is first rate. This is one of those films that should be required viewing for many reasons, but especially for people who are approaching the time of retirement and the fear that holds. Highly recommended for a large viewing audience. In Spanish with English subtitles. Grady Harp, December 06
A poignant film!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 07/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This simple story is another proof about the enormous talent of this argentine film maker . The decay and the last day about a teacher who decides to retire to a farm , the plans and the illusion with his wife are the central focus of the supreme film .
Don't miss this one."