Sidewalls (English Subtitled) 2011 NR

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A romantic comedy examining with charm how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of two of its residents.

Starring:
Javier Drolas, Pilar López de Ayala
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Gustavo Taretto
Starring Javier Drolas, Pilar López de Ayala
Supporting actors Inés Efron, Adrián Navarro, Rafael Ferro, Carla Peterson, Jorge Lanata, Alan Pauls, Romina Paula, Martín Feldman, Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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The characters were so well written and felt very real.
Monica
As a Spanish major, I had to watch a lot of gritty, depressing films, so when we saw this one it was a delightful surprise!
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Last but not least, this movie will make you want to dig up your old (or your children's) "Where's Wally?" books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Dog VINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
Format: DVD
I am not Spanish, or Argentinian for that matter. I've only been to South America once (Ecuador). This film, "Medianeras" in Spanish, is absolutely adorable. Its well balanced, graceful, and a marvelous story that is beautifully articulated by the director, cinematographer, and the actors. I have to admit, at this moment it would make a list of my twenty-five favorite movies!

I just can't get over how wonderfully well this movie flows. Its emotional, funny, and clever all at the same time. It even manages to make poignant comments about modern urban architecture (Buenos Aires is a lot like Guayaquil!) while simultaneously advancing the story line! It is so thoroughly good.

If I had a few hundred thousand dollars laying around, I'd pick up the rights to this movie and see if I could get it some US exposure. It is entirely, 100% free of all the cheap, self-serving superficiality that pollutes most US produced "relationship" films.

The characters are perfectly developed. Its impossible not to empathize with these two. There isn't a whole lot of dialogue that would make things easier. Somehow, it all comes across perfectly. I might tweak the ending slightly, and perhaps replace the ending musical number with some footage of the two of them together done with the same grace as the rest of the movie.

Bravo!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tv_friend on October 28, 2011
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This is a movie to watch when you are alone late at night by yourself. A time when you can enjoy the solitude of life when the only shadows cast a show by candle light. Charming. Lovely. Smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on June 25, 2012
Format: DVD
I came on this film completely by chance - like finding a sudden treasure. Quirky, smart, all the things the other reviewers say it is. What a delight to see there are directors out there taking chances and doing real things with the cinema. And Susu the dog rivals the one in The Artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on February 24, 2014
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A thirty-something man and woman Martín (Javier Drolas) and Mariana (Pilar López de Ayala) are living in the same part of the city of Buenos Aires, though they have not met each other yet. For both of them, life has not been very good recently. Their life gets stuck in a rut (or shoebox-like apartment room), and they know they have to change. Perhaps Martín and Mariana will make a perfect match, but will they ever meet each other?

“Medianeras” (English title “Sidewalls”) is an off-beat comedy about a man and a woman who keep missing each other. The concept is a familiar one, but here it is done in a playful fashion. Nothing big happens, and the mid-section feels drawn-out (partly because the film is based on a short the director made in 2005), but the film is engaging with a charming finale.

The original title “medianeras” of this Argentina/Spanish/German film means sidewalls of buildings that serve as a metaphor in the film. The idea itself might not be very original, but writer/director Gustavo Taretto makes a very clever use of the building of Buenos Aires, big city that virtually plays an important role in the story.

With a seriocomic touch that reminds us of earlier days of Woody Allen (whose “Manhattan” is referred to), “Medianeras” is an amusing look on the people living in the time of the internet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl London on May 30, 2013
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This is a great romance from Argentina. As a single web designer, I completely identify with Martín. And I don't usually go for romance movies...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By not important on January 21, 2014
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This is a quirky movie set in Argentina and has subtitles. It is available on Netflix for now and was well worth the buy. We have watched it more than once since purchase and it comes highly recommended. Again I keep movie reviews short because I don't want to give away the plot and that is usually the first thing I do. I will say this movie is laid back and slower paced although not S L O W. It does have 3 sex scenes if I remember correctly, but they are not graphic. There is language (in subtitles) but no violence (sort of)...no blood, just one sad scene with a dog.
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If you want to watch a realistic film about "being single in a big city, and hopelessly trying to find that ONE" I recommend you watch this Argentinian production...it is film making at its finest. This is not some Hollywood made romantic comedy (and I am not trying to bash American cinematography here) where everything is predictable and there is always a happy ending waiting for you.

SIDEWALLS is basically about 3 things: 1) coping with loneliness; 2) TRYING to find true love; 3) and most importantly it is about ordinary man and a woman going through life in Buenos Aires (but it can as well be any other big metropolis in the world...the word METROPOLIS or CITY is crucial here) and walking pass-by each other, not realizing that they are perfect for one-another.

Will they be able to find each other in the crowd of thousands, millions...? Watch and find out.

SIDEWALLS will most definitely appeal to hipsters, architecture freaks, Argentinian culture savvy folks, and young singles living with their pets.

A little spoiler for movie buffs... SIDEWALLS is reminiscent of Kieslowski's color RED.
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By G. Torres on July 14, 2013
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A lovely Argentinian "romantic" comedy about how the love of our lives could be living right next to us and we may never know it. This isn't your typical IDIOTIC and SUPERFICIAL Hollywood "romantic" comedy. This movie is classified as a romantic comedy but in reality it's a very intelligent and somewhat realistic movie. In a humorous fashion the movie relates the dating odyssey of Mariana and Martin in Buenos Aires in today's modern age. This film perfectly portrays the relationship of the subject with its environment and how it is that with of the technological advances we have today we can meet to some extent, the needs and daily routines of everyday life. This movie makes a valid criticism at the quality of life of large cities, which often if not always favors economic growth over the quality of live of its citizens. It has an ending that can make some, including me a little bit hopeful. (:

PS I fell madly in love with Susu, Martin's adorable dog.
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