Common Places

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Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi) makes a comfortable living for his family as a professor at a Buenos Aires university. However, Robles' age becomes an issue with the institution, which leads to his forced retirement. Unable to make ends meet with his pension, Robles and his wife, Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro), move to a small farm with the intention of growing lavender. While the two adjust to the new lifestyle, Robles finds himself at odds with his distant son, Pedro (Carlos Santamaría).

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

All Critics (2) | Fresh (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…
  • Traando um retrato melanclico sobre seu pas, Adolfo Aristarain mantm 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)

  • Feb 26, 2012
    A bit ponderous, considering the subject matter. Nevertheless, there is some poetic and philosophical richness laying inside its monotonous and discursive preachiness.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2008
    [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 Super Reviewer

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