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Funny film will tug at your heart

Posted on: June 18, 2012

 “Nothing is as it seems,” the young boy with the big glasses says. Valentin is eight years old and lives in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Argentina with his grandmother.

His parents have split, he rarely sees his dad, and he never sees his mom. What’s a boy to do but study on his own to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing, Valentin,  a movie that will tug at your heart making you laugh  —  and cry. Teens who have been studying Spanish, and any adult will fall in love with this kid who needs to take matters into his own hands. It is a movie you will want to see again – I plan to.

 Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti also wrote the screenplay – from his childhood memories.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 86 minutes and it is rated PG-13.  Call 837-2417 for details 

I first saw this film several years ago at the Latin American Film Festival at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.  I was involved with the festival for the 25 years it was in existence.  It introduced me to countless filmmakers – some of them who made the trip to Atlanta to introduce their film.

Many of these directors make their way to Hollywood — among them the director of Valentin, Alejandro Agresti who recently directed The Lakehouse.  Want to know what he looks like?  Just watch Valentin — Agresti plays Valentin’s father.

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