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Martin (Hache)

7.5
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Original title
Martín (Hache)
Year
Running time
134 min.
Country
Argentina Argentina
Director
Screenwriter
Adolfo Aristarain, Kathy Saavedra
Music
Fito Páez
Cinematography
Porfirio Enríquez
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Argentina-Spain; Tornasol Films / Adolfo Aristarain
Genre
Drama | Drugs
Synopsis / Plot
Upon learning that his estranged son in Buenos Aires may have attempted suicide by mixing dog tranquilizers with booze, expatriate Argentine film director Martin immediately leaves Madrid. Upon his arrival in Argentina, he learns that his ex-wife has given up on the aimless, depressive 19-year-old and wants him to contend with the youth back in Spain. Martin agrees, and his son, who is also named Martin, returns with him. Martin, Sr. lives with his cocaine-addicted, much-younger girlfriend Alicia and their mutual friend Dante, a homosexual actor. Though at some level, he cares for both, he is just too emotionally removed to ever show it. It is the same with his son, whom he calls H (pronounced "hache"), meaning hijo or son. Still, each member in the strange family attempts to reach the zombie-like boy, whose only interests seem to be the pursuit of sex and drugs. Essentially an internal drama centered around numerous intense and challenging conversations, this entry from Argentine filmmaker Adolfo Aristarain will most likely appeal to those who love intellectual cinema. (Sandra Brennan: All Movie Guide)
Awards
1997: Goya: Best Actress (Cecilia Roth). 4 Nominations: movie, director, actress and sound
1997: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Actor (Federico Luppi)
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