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A Useful Life

A Useful Life (2010)


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Uruguay's official selection for the 2010 Academy Awards, LA VIDA UTIL, screens with Veiroj's award-winning short AS FOLLOWS at Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. -- (C) FiGa

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

[A] short, sweet, slow-tempo Uruguayan film...

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Shot in color but produced in edible, Oreo-toned black and white, A Useful Life transitions seamlessly from indoors to outdoors, from nostalgia to hope.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Yet the first 40 minutes of 'A Useful Life' is a deep, rich love letter to cinema and loss, that still resonates in my mind and heart long after its viewing.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies
Dial M For Movies

Pleasant enough, but so slight it barely sustains 65 minutes.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Those who enjoy this elegiac film will enjoy it very much. I did.

January 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A slight piece this, but engaging.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The film is short, at 67 minutes, but teasing, mazy, memorable.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Utterly irresistible.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Cinema is dead! Long live the cinema!

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A small film with a big heart, Federcio Veiroj's tale of a beleaguered cinematheque and its life-shy film programmer, is a charming ode to the big screen.

January 11, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A beautiful representation of innocence and naivety.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Dedicated to cinephiles everywhere, this pocket-vest valentine of a film examines the comforts and limits of movie love.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A Useful Life exists for filmgoers to feel good about being filmgoers; to provide validation for all those romantic notions movie lovers entertain as they sit in the dark for huge chunks of their (our) lives.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

A cinephiliac work from a mature vantage point in which movie-love goes hand in hand with an awareness of the fragility of cultural institutions and a faith in romance extending beyond silver screens.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

A Useful Life blooms as a study of cinephilia as a means to a sheltered end.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Useful Life

A Useful Life is an exploration of cinema and a tribute to the silver screen. It's a film made by a cinefile for cinefiles. It is glorious from beginning to end, every genres is touched upon and every style is used. There are nods to many classics but never so much as to be too obvious. It is irresistible and sincere, Federico Veiroj knows his stuff and has produced an absolute joy of a film. I can't recommend this film enough.
April 12, 2013

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