Lugares comunes (Common Ground) (Common Places) (2003)

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Based on Lorenzo F. Aristarian's novel Rebirth and directed by Adolfo Aristarian, Common Places is a family drama from Argentina. College professor Fernando (Federico Luppi) and his devoted social worker wife Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro) live in a modest apartment in Buenos Aires. When he is forced into retirement and she is at risk of losing her job due to poor funding, they decide to visit their son, Pedro (Carlos Santamaria), who has a comfortable bourgoise lifestyle in Spain. After the father and son express their differences, Liliana and Fernando sell their apartment and buy a house in rural Cordoba. The middle-aged couple enjoy their new setting until Fernando develops pneumonia. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Federico Luppi
as Fernando Robles
Mercedes Sampietro
as Liliana Rovira
Arturo Puig
as Carlos Solla
Carlos Santamaria
as Pedro Robles
Yael Barnatán
as Fabiana

Critic Reviews for Lugares comunes (Common Ground) (Common Places)

All Critics (2)

It's an exquisite romance, a beautiful travelogue, a biting drama, a genuine comedy... I could go on and on.

Full Review… | March 4, 2004
eFilmCritic.com

Traçando um retrato melancólico sobre seu país, Adolfo Aristarain mantém o ritmo do filme, evitando que este se torne cansativo.

November 3, 2003
Cinema em Cena

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Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Raging Bull Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Lugares comunes (Common Ground) (Common Places)

A bit ponderous, considering the subject matter. Nevertheless, there is some poetic and philosophical richness laying inside its monotonous and discursive preachiness.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

After being forced to retire, literature professor Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi) and his wife Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro) are forced to reevaluate their lives and make major changes in them. These include setting the record straight with their son, exiled in Madrid and starting out a new life. They decide to buy a small lavender farm in rural Argentina from a widowed man, Zacar­as, and with the aid of their lawyer friend Carlos (Arturo Puig), attempt to start out their new business. A few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is forced into retirement. He concludes that it is impossible to live with his pension. The crisis in Argentina does not allow Fernando to get a new job, and his wife decides to sell her family's apartment and move to a small farm near Villa Dolores to reduce their expenses. Fernando comes up with the idea to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry. Along the way, Fernando, an aspiring writer himself, jots down notes and ideas for a novel in a book, which he frequently narrates in voice-overs. The film is a very interesting look at how lives in Argentina are influenced by dictatorship economic failures and corrupt politicians. Aristrain is one of the best Argentine directors working today. The performances by Fernando (luppi) and his wife (Sampietro) are really excellent. The film presents a nice clear vision of Buenos Aries Argentina and insight into life as an Argentinean in year 2002. It is also an acid social comment on the current state of life in Argentina, where thousands of people have had to face a similar end to their secure middle class existence. (Happening here in USA 2009 but not as bad) The family's adjustment to rural life has its moments of sadness, but their striving to live out their lives with dignity and purpose is profoundly human. Some reviews of this film were bad. I don't care it is an acceptably good film. the voice over narration did bother me (as it does in all films with lots of narration) but as least the narration was intellectual and poetic. three almost four stars

dfw foreignbuff
dfw foreignbuff

After being forced to retire, literature professor Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi) and his wife Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro) are forced to reevaluate their lives and make major changes in them. These include setting the record straight with their son, exiled in Madrid and starting out a new life. They decide to buy a small lavender farm in rural Argentina from a widowed man, Zacarías, and with the aid of their lawyer friend Carlos (Arturo Puig), attempt to start out their new business. A few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is forced into retirement. He concludes that it is impossible to live with his pension. The crisis in Argentina does not allow Fernando to get a new job, and his wife decides to sell her family's apartment and move to a small farm near Villa Dolores to reduce their expenses. Fernando comes up with the idea to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry. Along the way, Fernando, an aspiring writer himself, jots down notes and ideas for a novel in a book, which he frequently narrates in voice-overs. The film is a very interesting look at how lives in Argentina are influenced by dictatorship economic failures and corrupt politicians. Aristrain is one of the best Argentine directors working today. The performances by Fernando (luppi) and his wife (Sampietro) are really excellent. The film presents a nice clear vision of Buenos Aries Argentina and insight into life as an Argentinean in year 2002. It is also an acid social comment on the current state of life in Argentina, where thousands of people have had to face a similar end to their secure middle class existence. (Happening here in USA 2009 but not as bad) The familiy's adjustment to rural life has its moments of sadness, but their striving to live out their lives with dignity and purpose is profoundly human. Some reviews of this film were bad. I don't care it is an acceptably good film. the voice over narration did bother me (as it does in all films with lots of narration) but as least the narration was intellectual and poetic. three almost four stars

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