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EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE (2017)

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A film by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Cast: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio

English title:The Distinguished Citizen

Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martinez) is a celebrated Nobel Prize-winning author living in Barcelona. His stories set in Salas Argentina but he has not return in 40 years is a matter a fact he never planed to go back. To the surprise of everyone he agrees to personally collect a trophy/reward as a ‘distinguished citizen’ and maybe rediscover his roots. It is a decision he is going to regret as the driver that pick up gets a flat tire in a middle of nowhere.

The local welcome him and the mayor boost his image because he is with a successful writer although who has not written a novel in 5 years. The Mayor has all the activities in place even the interview and the workshop with Mantovani which also include a painting competition. Meanwhile, his old friend Antonio brilliantly played by Dady Brieva who delights in seeing his friend so he can show off the fact that he married Mantovani’s old girl friends. Well thing s are not going to go to well if you know what I mean. As the film goes on you are going to feel that Mantovani is in danger and that he might or might not make it out of this town in one piece. The film is a bit predictable here but it is a well done and written dark farce.

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One thought on “EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE (2017)

  1. Well thanks for the review

    I found this movie on Emirates Airline entertainment buried away in “European” or something . Thanks to Emirates for putting it there. They have to please.a lot of people.

    Anyway they pleased me with this and I will try to see it again on big screen with no background noise.

    I thought Martinez was dedicated to his role and entirely convincing. I have seen him before but will look for more with him in it. The way he picked that story out of thin air when with his driver, and his delivery – wow! (A movie right there)

    A lot of thought has gone into the script with the hands of Andre Gide, Albert Camus etc apparent. Also very little music, and restrained and well placed when we heard it. We can decide our emotional response rather than the music doing the task for us

    (For me best use -non use – of music ever – “The Passenger” with Jack Nicholson worth a look)

    Mantovani shown as a one off – iconoclast- but a bit of heart here and there.

    More please!

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