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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

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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.

March 4, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

November 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Common Ground," Fernando Robles(Federico Luppi) is a leftist university professor in Buenos Aires who due to budget cuts is facing mandatory retirement. He asks his lawyer, Carlos(Arturo Puig), if there is any way they can delay this by three years. In the meantime, Fernando and his wife, Lili(Mercedes Sampietro), travel to Madrid to visit their son, Pedro(Carlos Santamaria), who offers to take care of them after they retire.(Fernando and Lili lived in Madrid in exile during Argentina's military junta of the 1970's.) They decline, least because Fernando cannot stand his daughter-in-law, Fabiana(Yael Barnatan). Could it be because she is racist?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Common Ground" is a touching and well-acted movie about surviving in tough economic times with a special emphasis on the financial crisis that crippled Argentina in 2001. Having said that, there is a universality to the film, especially in the refreshing way that making ends meet is presented. Since Fernando and Lili are middle class, they have options that might be unavailable to others.(For example, at what point does emigrating become a valid option and would it really be worth it?) They are also at an age when even though they still have much to contribute to society, it does not think of them as being productive anymore. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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