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  • Actors: Hector Colome, Manuel Morón, Roberto Enríquez, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre
  • Directors: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDBPCK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Blue Almost Black" on IMDb

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When his father suffers a debilitating stroke, Jorge is forced to put his life and career on hold. He takes over his father's janitorial position, cares for his father and studies at night. His life is further complicated by romantic entanglements with women. Meanwhile, Jorge's best friend Israel begins to question his sexuality and his family's integrity when he discovers that his father frequents a male masseur. Director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's tender and witty debut examines the feeling of entrapment that arises when needs and desires are subjugated to family obligations. It is also an astute exploration of generational politics in Spain, where the young are generally expected to carry on traditions and values.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2012
Format: DVD
Azul oscuro casi negro, is a Spanish film that should have received much wider attention. It tells the story of Jorge played by Quim (unfortunate first name that) Guttierrez, who is a 25 year old janitor. He hates his job but uses it to care for his sick father. He has had some sort of stroke which has left him incontinent, losing his memory and mostly very nasty. Jorge is constantly looking for a better job, but finds his past to be a mill stone around his kneck.

Then old flame Natalia returns to the block. She is an international jet setter and has friends to match. Despite an obvious love for Jorge he is unable to get over the social division between them that is caused by wealth. He also has a brother who is doing time. This is Antonio, he has met a girl in prison during drama class, and wants to marry her and more importantly get her pregnant. Things get rather messy when Antonio finds out he is firing blanks due to a strangulated testicle. That is not a plot spoiler by the way, and if things were not bad enough, Jorge also has a stoner mate Isreal who uses his apartment to take pictures of a gay masseurist who always finishes his clients off with more than just a hand shake.

So the scene is set for an often funny, often sad and mostly fragile tale of love, misunderstanding, class and family loyalties. It is not the best film ever made, but it is original and has clearly had a lot of love and thought gone into it, and that is evidenced in almost every shot.

I however, thought this was an understated gem. I particularly liked the voyeur Israel played by Raul Arevalo who manages to pull off (no pun intended) the stoner, loser and thoughtful son with issues without appearing contrived.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stacy McKay on August 17, 2010
Format: DVD
i watched this movie without any expectations, but i came away loving it. jorge reminds me a lot of many youth today: those who want to do what they want, but can't because of numerous obligations and family. you can feel the pain and disappointment he goes through, yet he also matures and finds something (or should i say someone) that radically changes his life for the better. i obviously won't spoil the movie for you. the seriousness of jorge's situation is offset by the absolutely brilliant humor of raul arevalo, who plays jorge's friend israel, a.k.a the spanish sean penn. again, i won't say more than that. you'll find out for yourself if you take my recommendation and watch esta pelicula genial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jabo on March 5, 2014
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This is a touching movie, and you will never see the ending coming. I loved the beach setting and I loved the whole movie.
I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good simple little foreign film, which I do..
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Just want to say that this movie shows a young adult taking care of his father (not seen much today) and holding to the only job that allows him to do just that.

Not much social life.

Just online learning and a couple of friends.

Just the monotonous safe life many of us chose or had to choose.

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So he changed venues and even though he may never go up the social ladder, still by changing he now may be happy.

Just a good friend or a good woman is Sometimes all we need.
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Freedman on January 6, 2009
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Don't expect action, don't expect any kind of fast pace plot. Expect a movie about life, and individual struggles mixed with a small bit of comic relief and you've got Azuloscurocasinegro (Dark Blue Almost Black). It's a great movie and I use it to brush up on my Spanish. Although, it's a little tough with the Spanish dialect and vosotros.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ben on June 24, 2012
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Very good movie for adults. Takes place in Spain with a lot of love and kissing. One of the sons tried to get his father's bank money to start a business. The plot is kind of nebulous. No one was a winner in this movie. Movie was purchased from Amazon.com
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