Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories) (2005)


Critic Consensus: This modest road movie features naturalistic performances and a heartwarming tone of gentle humanism.


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Three people travel from their small home town into the outside world in search of answers and adventure in this bittersweet comedy drama. Don Justo (Antonio Benedictis) used to run a market in a small community in Southern Argentina, but failing eyesight and the loss of his driver's license has led him to retire. However, when he learns that the dog he lost several years ago was seen in San Julian, the closest significantly larger city, Don Justo sets out to find his dog, determined to travel to San Julian on foot if no other transportation is available. Roberto is a traveling salesman who is infatuated with a woman whose husband, one of his clients, has recently passed on. Hoping to win her heart, Roberto decided to bring a birthday cake to her child's birthday party in San Julian; however, his search for the ideal cake is complicated when he realizes he isn't sure if the child is a boy or a girl. Maria (Javiera Bravo) is a wife and mother who has been struggling to hold her family together after her husband lost his job. Maria is invited to appear on a television game show, and hopes to win the grand prize of a new food processor, but while lady luck at first smiles on her, fate has slightly different plans. Historias Minimas received its American premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

The vision of Intimate Stories is amusingly warm-hearted without being cloying or sentimental; the landscape may be harsh, but the performances are inviting.

Jul 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like the performances, the movie is a small-scale feat of naturalism.

Jun 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While the Argentine filmmaker takes his time, his film isn't tedious.

Apr 30, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Has no profound statements to make, but it does provide warm and fuzzy comfort.

Mar 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

As stripped down as its title, this gentle Argentinian road movie makes much out of very little.

Mar 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

A small movie, and a modest one.

Mar 4, 2005

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