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½ September 21, 2014
A tribute to the silver screen, of its trappings and its ability to reinvigorate as seen through the eyes of an employee at a failing cinema.
April 28, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that Manuel Martinez Carril, Paola Venditto, Jorge Jellinek, play good roles/parts thorughout this movie.....i think that the director of this art house/international/drama/romance movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie........i think that this is such a brilliant black/white movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack thorughout this movie......i think that Jorge Jellinek was great throughout this movie......i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch.,.....i think that film loving middle manager Jorge (played by film critic-turned-actor Jorge Jellinek) was great throughout this movie.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie,......i think that this is such a brilliant black/white movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch.......Although the story is fiction, Cinemateca Uruguaya, which celebrated 50 years in 2012, is besieged by financial problems, and its director Manuel MartŪnez Carril agreed to play himself in the film...i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie i think that this is such a classics movie 2 watch its got such a great cast throughout this movie........i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its such a superb movie 2 watch......i think that this is such a beautifully directed movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch its such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie......
½ March 27, 2013
Engaging is the right word used by a critic. An interesting tribute to this art form and its presenters. Made in color but printed in black and white, makes for a interesting watch and you almost think this is an old movie till you spot an iPhone advert in a shot. A simple story and don't expect too much, just a simple watch with some good direction and honest acting.
March 17, 2013
Hard to watch with a distinct lack of pace, but it is also a subtle exploration of cinema being a metaphor for life.
½ April 27, 2012
There are many films, that on the surface, have a tantalising story that instantly instills a sense of nostalgia into my heart.
‚~A Useful Life‚(TM) (La Vida util) is one of those films.

It‚(TM)s the story of a film projectionist, deeply passionate about the history of cinema, slowly watching his beloved picture palace erode under financial and structural defeat. He realises that soon, all that he is passionate about, and all that has kept him going, will slowly be leaving his life.

Directed by Frederick Veiroj, ‚~A Useful Life‚(TM) is shot in black and white, creating a grainy, retrospective feel of an inevitable ending. The look of the film, conjures up memories of Italian dramas from the 1950‚≤s ‚" that lush loud audio, slightly shifting camera work, and occasional scenes of characters expressing their love through movement and dance.

The film does change course at the half way mark, bringing a subplot to the fore, that may disappoint some viewers. But in essence Veiroj‚(TM)s decision to make the bold change only drives home further the yearning for things past.

Time moves on for the film projectionist, (played by Jorge Jellinek) and so decisions must be made about what to divert his passion and love towards.
I found ‚~A Useful Life‚(TM) at times very charming. It‚(TM)s hard to resist a main character who loves his cinema so much, he personally sits on each chair to test for its structural sturdiness. The first half of the film includes subtle yet effective homages to silent films, and how some cinemas still resist the temptation of commercialisation.

‚~A Useful Life‚(TM) was Uruguay‚(TM)s submission for Academy consideration at the 2011 Oscars. It didn‚(TM)t make the final list of 5 films up for the award. Yet the first 40 minutes of ‚(TM)A Useful Life‚(TM) is a deep, rich love letter to cinema and loss, that still resonates in my mind and heart long after its viewing. The remaining 30 minutes of the film lacked the emotional connection that had been built up.
½ April 3, 2011
A nice try to turn it into B/W color movie, and the plots are quite nice & effective to tell about the cinema's cultural issues.
½ March 27, 2011
a black and white film for cinema lovers. may be film and cinema is really dying nowadays, but it cannot be replaced.
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