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A Useful Life

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This short, sweet, slow-tempo Uruguayan film invites us into the life of Jorge, a film programmer in downtown Montevideo played by Jorge Jellinek, a critic and cinephile in ‘real life’ – the question here being: where does cinema end and real life begin? It’s a gentle contemporary tale that will appeal to those who frequent our city’s more esoteric screening rooms, but the sparse cinemas and creaking equipment are a far cry from the BFI Southbank. Director Federico Veiroj shoots this paper-thin but tender drama in a grainy black-and-white style with endless nods to the movies that have made up Jorge’s life for so many years. When we meet him, times are changing; his job and the very existence of the cinema in which he works are under threat – prescient stuff in the month that Kodak faces possible bankrupty and New York’s Village Voice lays off Jim Hoberman, one of America’s most vital film critics.
Written by Dave Calhoun

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 13 January 2012
  • Duration:70 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Federico Veiroj
  • Screenwriter:Federico Veiroj
  • Cast:
    • Paola Venditto
    • Manuel Martinez Carril
    • Jorge Jellinek
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