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Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino)

Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino)
  • 2011
  • Argentina
  • 93 min
  • Directed by: Sebastián Borensztein
  • Cast: Ricardo Darín, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang
  • Language: Spanish

Dour hardware store owner Roberto (Darin) ends up with an unwanted houseguest after he takes pity on a young Chinese man named Jun.

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Winner of Best Film and the Audience Prize at the Rome International Film Festival and nominated for fourteen Argentinean Oscars, Chinese Take-Away is a little gem of a charmer with a great central performance from Ricardo Darín, star of The Secret in their Eyes (2009). Darín plays Roberto, a grumpy shopkeeper in Buenos Aires who lives by a strict routine and likes to keep the world at arm's length. All of that changes when he turns good samaritan to Jun, a young Chinese man in search of his uncle. The bizarre circumstances that led Jun on his quest provide the film with its unforgettable opening sequence. The fact that Jun speaks not a word of Spanish only adds to the challenge of their friendship as Roberto's world is turned upside down. A warm-hearted delight. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: It's a Wonderful World.

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